Former Bangladesh high commissioner’s arrested

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Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin today confirmed that former Bangladesh High Commissioner, Mohammed Khairuzzaman, is currently detained by the authorities.

Without disclosing what offence Mohammed Khairuzzaman was arrested for, he said the arrest of the former diplomat was carried out in accordance with existing legal procedures,

“If there is a request from the country of origin that we feel has a basis, then we will make (arrest) and everything is done according to existing legal procedures,” he said.


According to media reports, Mohammed Khairuzzaman, who is reported to be living in Malaysia as a refugee, was detained at his home in Ampang yesterday and is expected to be sent home to Bangladesh.

The Immigration Department assisted in the arrest.

Mohammed Khairuzzaman was appointed Bangladesh’s high commissioner to Malaysia in 2007.

The Bangladeshi government revoked his passport in January 2009 and recalled him to Dhaka to face a criminal trial over a 1975 political assassination.

The 70-year-old retired army major was previously acquitted of that charge.

According to Bangladesh media reports, Mohammed Khairuzzaman had sought help from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Kuala Lumpur, fearing for his life after the revocation of his passport.