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Bangla asks UK to send back Zia’s fugitive son

Bangladesh has asked Britain to repatriate the fugitive elder son of former premier Khaleda Zia to face trial on massive graft charges

Bangladesh has asked Britain to repatriate the fugitive elder son of former premier Khaleda Zia to face trial on massive graft charges.

Tarique Rahman,opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s senior vice-president,is wanted on charges of graft and a deadly grenade attack.

A Dhaka court on May 26 issued a warrant ordering Rahman to face trial on graft charges brought by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) during the 2006-2008 emergency rules under the army-backed interim government.

“Our High Commission in London has handed over a letter to the British authorities seeking Tarique Rahman’s return. The copy of the court’s arrest warrant ordering his arrest was also provided to the British authorities,” a senior foreign ministry official told PTI.

The official said the letter was sent to the British Foreign Office last week also pointed out that a Dhaka court ordered Bangladesh foreign ministry to execute the warrant engaging the Interpol as Rahman was living in London since 2008.

The British High Commission officials in Dhaka were unavailable for comments on Dhaka’s request.

Rahman is also being tried in absentia by another court on charges of masterminding the August 21,2004 grenade attack on a rally of the then opposition Awami League of incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

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The warrant came a week after he was seen at a BNP meeting in East London recently demanding restoration of caretaker government system for election oversight.