March 31, 2007Foreign Affairs

America should repatriate Sheikh Mujib’s alleged killer

Politicians—once in Bangladesh and now in America—are sheltering a killer

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

Partisan politics of an infant nation resulted in the killers of its founder and first president escaping accountability for almost three decades. Not only were his suspected assassins granted indemnity, some of them were actually employed in the country’s diplomatic corps. Now that its new military-driven government is cracking down on wrongs and wrongdoers, prosecuting Bangladesh’s original criminals should help bring closure to a deeply exploited people. Rezwan draws attention to the saga of AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed, alleged to be one of Shiekh Mujibur Rahman’s killers who has been living in the United States since 1996.

And when it looked like justice might actually catch up with Mohiuddin Ahmed, noisy politics—this time of the United States—is getting in the way again. American politicians are holding up his repatriation due to doubts about Bangladesh’s legal system. The Bush administration would do well to cut through the chase and send him back to face the justice of the country he committed the crime.

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