50 Bangladeshi expatriates awaiting death penalties in prisons abroad

All of the death row inmates were convicted for committing murders

Around 50 Bangladeshi expatriates who had flown to the foreign lands in search of employments, are currently waiting for execution of their death penalties while serving in prisons across the globe.

Among them, the verdict for 29 death row inmates have been put to a halt through negotiations held in between the Bangladeshi embassies and the governments of the respective countries. Such negotiations mainly focuses on compensating the victim’s families.

The numbers were revealed through a written statement issued by Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Engineer Khandker Mosharraf Hossain issued to the parliament yesterday.

All of the death row inmates were convicted for committing murders.

Among the death sentence awardees, 12 Bangladeshi migrants are in Saudi Arabia, 23 in Dubai, 12 in Kuwait, one in Bahrain, one in Singapore and one in Abu Dhabi.

The Wage Earners’ Welfare Board under the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, was active enough in order to free the convicts from the trial in the respective countries, said the minister.

In the statement, he informed that an “understanding” has been reached through negotiations with the concerned countries to cancel the death penalty for 29 Bangladeshi expatriate workers.

Letters seeking mercy have already been sent to the Bangladeshi Missions in those countries, according to the statement by the Expatriates’ Welfare Minister.

Except for the countries mentioned above, 35 more are facing trials in different countries on murder charges – 15 in Dubai, 10 in Saudi Arabia, three in Oman, three in Qatar, one each in Kuwait, Egypt and Bahrain.

Khandker also highlighted that 2,759,541 people from Bangladesh received employment in different countries across the world in between January 2009 and September 2014.

“The number was 137,088 during the BNP-Jamaat regime from 2001 to 2006,” he said.

The ministry had undertaken construction work of nearly 400 centres for providing technical trainings at the upazila levels, said the minister.

Source: Dhaka Tribune

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