At least 21 Bangladeshis are facing death sentence and 31 undergoing trial for
murder in 6 Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian countries - Bangladesh's major
The cases involve 43 murders, including those of 28 Bangladeshis, over trading
of visas and involvement in "immoral" activities, according to reports sent by
Bangladesh missions abroad.
Under the Middle Eastern nations' strict Islamic Sharia laws, death penalty is
imposed for murder.
A convict, however, can escape death only if the victim's family pardons him.
"Execution of Bangladeshis abroad hurts the image of the country and can affect
its overseas employment sector," said Dr Zafar Ahmed Khan, secretary of the
expatriates' welfare and overseas employment ministry.
Besides, it is the state's responsibility to ensure legal support to its
expatriate citizens, he pointed out.
Considering its damaging effects on the country's labour market, the government
is trying to arrange compromises between the families of the victims and the
convicted, said officials at the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training
Mohsin Chowdhury, director (welfare) of BMET, said many workers do not even
know the laws of the foreign countries they work in. "We are now briefing job
seekers about foreign laws before they fly off abroad."
Contacted, Prof Imtiaz Ahmed of the international relations department at Dhaka
University, said though arranging clemency for the convicts is the immediate
task now, the government must be cautious about ensuring that no criminal goes
abroad with a job.
There are allegations of serious irregularities in the visa-related issues of
the migrating workers, he maintained. "If that is so, the government has to
deal with it strictly."
The DU teacher stressed signing extradition treaties with the labour-importing
countries to make way for trying the accused at home.
The execution of eight Bangladeshis in Saudi Arabia in October last year
sparked criticism at home and abroad. Many said the government had made no
sincere efforts to save its citizens from being executed for killing an
Expatriate Bangladeshis send home US$12 billion a year, around 13 percent of
the country's GDP, according to Bangladesh Bank data.
CASES BY COUNTRY:
In the United Arab Emirates, 5 are convicted in 3 cases and 25 are undergoing
The government's initial efforts for arranging compromises for 2 convicts -
Harunur Rashid and Shahabuddin of Chittagong - have failed.
The Bangladesh mission in Dubai has sought a month's time from a Dubai court to
There are 5 convicts and three accused in this Middle East country.
A Pakistani victim's family has agreed to show mercy to Akhtar Hossain of
Chittagong in exchange for money. The Saudi government has agreed to pay the
money for Akhtar as he is poor, BMET officials said.
The 7 convicts in 3 cases are Alim of Jamalpur, Tabibur Biswas of Magura,
Makbul of Brahmanbaria, Rinu Mia of Brahmanbaria, Iqbal Hossain and Ridoy of
Munshiganj, and Ramzan of Comilla.
A process is on for arranging pardons for them.
A court has rejected the appeal of convict Russel, son of Mizanur Rahman of
Uttara in the capital. The government is trying to arrange mercy for him.
Though Kamrul Hasan of Tangail has been convicted of killing an Indonesian
woman, he has denied seeking mercy, claiming that he is innocent. He has
requested a reopening of the trial in the Supreme Court.
A court has convicted Shamim Reza of Pabna and Masud Rana (address could not be
known). They have appealed against their convictions.
(source: Yahoo News)