Canada assured to look into Noor Chowdhury issue with “due seriousness”
18 February 2015, Nirapad News: Canada’s Senior Associate Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Peter Boehm has assured Bangladesh’s foreign secretary to look into the issue of extraditing Noor Chowdhury with “due seriousness”. Chowdhury is convicted for the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family in 1975.
Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque raised the issue with Canada’s Senior Associate Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Peter Boehm in an official meeting in Ottawa on Tuesday. Canadian government would “look into this with due seriousness”, the foreign ministry said.
Boehm also said the Canadian legal system does not allow deportation of any foreign citizen who might face death penalty in their home country.
Bangladesh has requested Canada several times to extradite Noor Chowdhury, but Ottawa turned down the request citing legal limitation. High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Canada Kamrul Ahsan and foreign ministry’s Director General (America) Mahfuzur Rahman were present during the meeting.