Govt ratifies extradition treaty with India
Counter terrorism cooperation with US okayedStaff Correspondent
The cabinet on Monday ratified the Extradition Treaty signed earlier this year between Bangladesh and India for ‘transfer of sentenced or under-trial persons or anyone wanted by either country for committing crimes.’
‘India has already ratified the Extradition Treaty that will help both the countries to extradite the wanted criminals through a legal process on request by either country,’ cabinet secretary Mohammad Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan told a press briefing.
He said Dhaka and New Delhi would now sign an exchange of ratification instrument to make the document effective.
The home ministry placed the proposal for ratification of the treaty at the weekly cabinet meeting at the secretariat with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
The cabinet secretary said the Extradition Treaty would not be effective in the cases of those accused of ‘political crimes’ or any other criminal offences the
punishment for which was less than one year.
‘That means both the countries can deny extradition of the persons accused of committing political crimes,’ he added.
Bangladesh home minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir and his Indian counterpart Sushilkumar Shinde signed the treaty in Dhaka on January 28, allowing the authorities of both India and Bangladesh to hand over persons wanted in either country for committing criminal offences on request.
The cabinet also approved a proposal for signing ‘Bangladesh-US Counter Terrorism Cooperation Initiative’ and ‘Memorandum of Cooperation between the Ministry of Home Affairs of Bangladesh and United States Drug Enforcement Administration for Mutual Cooperation in the Sphere of Drug Control’, placed by the home ministry.
The cabinet secretary said these two documents to be signed between Dhaka and Washington would not be legally binding for either country.
He, however, said that the agreements would help fight terrorism as well as terror financing and money laundering through mutual cooperation.
Bangladesh and India cannot ‘formally’ extradite criminals now in absence of a treaty.
If extradition of someone poses a threat to national security, the country concerned might refuse the deportation request, said a senior official of the home ministry quoting the treaty which could be cancelled by either side with a notice of six months.
Monday’s cabinet approved the draft of the ‘ Neuro-Developmental Disability Protection Bill 2013’ and also the draft of the ‘Paira Port Authority Bill to establish a new seaport in the coastal district of Patuakhali.
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