Momen urges Canada to extradite Bangabandhu’s killer Noor Chowdhury

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Dhaka, May 14: Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has urged Canada to take necessary steps for deporting Noor Choudhury, one of the convicted killers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, here to execute the court verdict.He made the call while talking with his Canadian counterpart FranOois-Philippe Champagne over telephone on Wednesday evening, a foreign ministry statement said here today.

The foreign minister said that it would be a great achievement for the people of Bangladesh if the nation can execute the verdict of one of the convicted fugitive killers of its founding father in the Mujib Year, marking the Bangabandhu’s birth centenary.

Bangladesh government had traced out that Bangabandhu’s two convicted fugitive killers Noor Chowdhury and Rashed Chowdhury are now residing in Canada and the USA respectively.

After knowing the whereabouts of the killers, the foreign and law ministries have been deeply engaged in the Canadian and the US authorities to bring back these two absconding murderers.

During the telephone conversation, Canadian foreign minister assured his government’s continuous support to Bangladesh in combating the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

Champagne proposed to form an alliance to face challenges during the post-COVID-19 pandemic period and hoped that the forum would be helpful to recover the global economic fallout wreaked by the deadly coronavirus.

Dr Momen urged his Canadian counterpart to extend all-out support to Bangladeshi students there including giving waiver of their tuition fees in this crisis period.

Besides, he sought Canadian support in rehabilitating expatriate workers in Bangladesh who are being deported as jobless from different Middle East countries due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Mentioning that Bangladesh Ready-made Garment (RMG) sector, the country’s top foreign exchange earning source, is facing dire consequences of virus pandemic, witnessing huge volume of export order cancellation, Momen also sought Canadian cooperation as one of the largest RMG importer countries of the world in this regard.

He also called upon Canada to increase its investment here especially in Bangladesh’s IT sector.

About the Rohingya crisis, the Canadian foreign minister acknowledged that the repatriation of forcibly displaced Myanmar’s ethnic race Rohingyas to their place of origin is a “collective responsibility” and assured Bangladesh of Canada’s continued support in this regard.

Appreciating Bangladesh’s humanitarian gesture and generosity in giving shelter to Rohingyas, he said Canadian remains engaged in various countries to resolve the crisis. Champagne expressed gratitude to Bangladesh government for extending cooperation to Canadian citizens in returning home from Bangladesh through chartered flights.