Bangladesh will pursue all legal ways to bring Khairuzzaman back: FM

  |  Wednesday, February 16th, 2022 |  6:54 pm

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has said the government will adopt all legal measures to bring Mohammad Khairuzzaman, who has been living in Malaysia as a refugee.

Momen was talking to reporters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dhaka on Wednesday evening.

“We have been informed about his release in Malaysia. Now, we will adopt all the legal processes to bring him back,” he said.

Earlier on Wednesday, Khairuzzaman, an accused of 1975 Jail Killing Case, was released from a Malaysian prison.

He was picked up by an undisclosed enforcement agency on February 9 from his home at Ampang in Kuala Lumpur and was later shown arrested.

Khairuzzaman, 65, is a UNHCR cardholder on political asylum in Malaysia since 2009.

He was appointed as High Commissioner to Malaysia in 2007. Two years later, he was recalled to Bangladesh after a change of government. He refused to return and has remained in exile in Malaysia ever since.

Asked whether any lawyer would be appointed in Malaysia, Momen said no decision has been taken yet in this regard.

When asked whether the United Nations would be informed about the matter, he said, “We’ll try our best to adopt all kinds of legal processes.”

Asked about the update on revoking US sanction on Rapid Action Battallion (RAB) members, the foreign minister said the government is working on the issue.

Dr Momen also spoke about his recent visit to Dubai and said the UAE government is interested in importing agro products and crops from Bangladesh.

“Dubai wants to send 30 more cargo flights per week,” he added.