Indo-Bangla 'Extradition Treaty' takes effect

Indo-Bangla ‘Extradition Treaty’ takes effect


The ‘Extradition Treaty’ signed between Bangladesh and India came into effect on Wednesday as the two neighbouring countries exchanged instruments of ratification of the agreement. Senior Home Secretary CQK Mustaq Ahmed and Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Pankaj Saran signed the documents on behalf of the respective countries, and exchanged those, paving the path for swapping prisoners sentenced to maximum one year in prison. Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir, chiefs of police, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Bangladesh Coast Guard and senior officials of Indian High Commission in Dhaka were, among others, present at the ceremony. The Cabinet on October 7 ratified the ‘Extradition Treaty’ signed with India in January this year. Terming the treaty a milestone in combating crimes, MK Alamgir said the treaty will facilitate identifying criminals hiding in both countries and they will not secure safe havens. “Consequently, the rate of crimes will be reduced not only in these two countries (Bangladesh and India) but also in (entire) South Asia,” he said. Under the treaty, both Bangladesh and India will be able to mutually extradite prisoners awarded at least one year imprisonment at the request from legal authorities of the two countries. However, any country could decline to hand over any prisoner convicted with the crime of political nature. – UNB



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