Dhaka waits for hearing in Canada court over Noor Chy
Kabir Humayun: The government is waiting for hearing on a case related to bring back Noor Chowdhury, the self-proclaimed killer of Bangabandhu, from Canada, reports Banglatribune.com.
Noor Chowdhury was awarded death penalty for the massacre of the family of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on August 15, 1975.
Bangladesh filed a case with Canada Federal Court in July requesting it to give a ruling on disposing off a pre-removal risk assessment (PRRA) petition filed by the fugitive death row convict.
Chowdhury filed the PRRA petition with the Canadian attorney general’s office seeking permission to stay in the country.
“We have submitted our documents and the attorney general office also submitted their documents on Aug 3,” said an official seeking anonymity.
The court will schedule a hearing when Bangladesh will present its case seeking a decision from the court, he said.
In 1999, a Canadian court refused Chowdhury’s refugee application. It also instructed the authorities concerned to take necessary measures to deport him.
He appealed against it, but failed to secure a verdict. In 2007, the decision to deporting him was upheld.
After the Awami League took office in 2009, Chowdhury moved the PRRA petition.
Bangladesh has requested Canada several times to extradite Noor Chowdhury, but Ottawa turned down the request citing legal limitation.
In his plea, Chowdhury stated he faces the death penalty back home and asked the attorney general’s office to allow him to live in the country. But, for the last nine years, it has been pending with the AG office as it is reluctant to give any decision.
Canadian legal system does not allow deportation of any foreign citizen who might face death penalty in their home country.
The official said, “We filed the case so that the court instructs the AG office to give a decision.”
If the AG office refuses his petition, then there will be no bar to his deportation, according to the official.
However, if the petition is accepted Chowdhury would get the status leading to Canadian citizenship, the official said before adding: “We will then file another case seeking his deportation citing the crime against humanity committed by him.”
The official said Chowdhury’s now enjoys no status, but allowed to live in Canada since he faces the death penalty in Bangladesh.