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Bangabandhu killing

Commission to trace masterminds soon

Published : 13 Aug 2022 09:36 PM | Updated : 13 Aug 2022 09:36 PM

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq has reiterated the need to form a commission to identify the masterminds and conspirators behind the killing of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. 

Speaking at a function on Saturday he said that the formation of the commission to find the conspirators behind the assassination of the Bangabandhu and his family members on August 15 in 1975 will be finalised by the end of this year. The outline for the commission has already been prepared, he informed.

The minister said this while speaking as the chief guest at a workshop of the Labour Appellate Tribunal organised by the Ministry of Labour and Employment at Hotel InterContinental in the capital. The title of the workshop was ‘Establish Pilot Process to Classify Cases in Consultation with the Judges of the Labour Courts with a View to Addressing Case Backlogs’.

Additional Secretary of the ministry Dr Selina Akhter presided over the function, while State Minister for Labour and Employment Begum Mannujan Sufian, Attorney General AM Amin Uddin, Secretary of the Law and Justice Division under the law ministry Md Golam Sarwar, Chairman of Labour Appeal Tribunal Justice Md. Farooq and ILO Country Director for Bangladesh Tuomo Poutiainen were present as special guests.

Anisul Huq said the outline of the commission is ready and now it will be sent to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The PM will give the final approval after making modifications if necessary. 

Replying to a question he said, “We have prepared the outline of the commission to find out the conspirators behind the killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Now it is important to decide on the constitution of the commission and its procedure.”

Referring to the delay due to Covid-19 situation, the law minister said that some decisions have to be taken here on economic matters as well. That is why, there is no discussion with the policymakers on the outline of the commission. “We hope,  we will be able to discuss the issue within a few days. We may also be able to launch the commission by the end of this year,” he said. 

Regarding the absconding accused of killing Bangabandhu, he said, “I will not say anything in details about it until the accused who are outside the country, who killed Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his 17 family members, are brought back to the country. I will not go into details about the process of bringing them back.”

He also said, “We are continuing discussions to bring back the two accused whose location has been identified."

When asked whether he was getting any assistance in bringing the accused back, Anisul Huq said, “If we had not received assistance, we would not have come this far. We continue to discuss. That means we are getting some cooperation.”

The minister said other than Awami League government no other regimes cooperated in this regard. we faced many problems due to the inaction of those who previously ran the country. All those problems are being solved one by one. “We want them to be brought back as soon as possible. Majed was quickly brought back. We brought him back and he was executed,” he added. 

He also commented that the government is also trying to bring back Tariq Rahman, who was sentenced in the August 21 grenade attack case.