Law minister Anisul Huq is confident BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman can be brought back even if his Bangladeshi citizenship is ‘void’, according to reports.
The lawyer-turned-ruling-party-politician pointed out that Tarique could be brought back under ‘Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty’ with the United Kingdom.
Addressing newsmen at Secretariat on Thursday, Anisul said, in line with state minister for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam, that Tarique had denied Bangladeshi citizenship by seeking political asylum in UK.
Shahriar earlier said that Tarique has relinquished his nationality by surrendering Bangladeshi passport.
Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) challenged his position and said Tarique submitted his passport to the Brisish authorities while seeking valid documents for his stay there.
Also on Thursday, the director general of the Department of Immigration and Passport, major general Masud Rezwan, said there is no correlation between one’s surrendering passport and citizenship.
The ;aw minister expressed his views that Tarique is no more a Bangladeshi citizen. However, he thinks, he can reinstate his citizenship should he want it in future.
Anisul also said the government is trying to sign an extradition treaty with the UK, a legal arrangement that allows two signatory countries to exchange fugitives of crimes committed in the country of origin.
Tarique Rahman has been staying in the UK since 2008.