Parliament on Thursday unanimously adopted a private member resolution to confiscate all movable and immovable assets of convicted killers of the Father of the Nation and war criminals, agencies report. .
Ruling Awami League MP Fazilatun Nasa Bappy (Women Seat-30) placed the private member resolution in the House to confiscate all movable and immovable assets of convicted killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Making amendments to the resolution, two AL MPs — Monirul Islam (Jessore-2) and Sanjida Khanom (Women Seat-24) — proposed confiscating the property of those who were convicted of crimes against humanity, too. The resolution was passed unanimously by voice vote when Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah, who was in the chair, placed it for vote.
Earlier, Law Minister Anisul Huq in his speech on the resolution said Parliament should adopt the resolution, terming it very time-befitting. He said his ministry has already initiated a process to draft a bill to confiscate moveable and immovable property of the war criminals and killers of Bangabandhu. “I want to inform Parliament that the bill will be placed soon,” he said.
Regarding the confiscation of the property of Bangabandhu’s killers, the minister said assets of those absconding will be taken away first. “Subsequently, the property of Bangabandhu’s killers who have been hanged will be confiscated by enacting a law as their heirs inherited their property immediately after their execution,” he said, adding that it will take a little bit time.
But no law will be needed to confiscate the property of the fugitive killers, he said. “The killers of the Father of the Nation have no right to own any property in Bangladesh.” Anisul also said a task force has been formed to bring back the absconding killers of Bangabandhu.
Five out of the 12 killers of Bangabandhu have so far been executed while six absconding and one died. On the other hand, the International Crimes Tribunal has so far convicted 50 war criminals with six of them being hanged.