Mohiuddin AKM Ahmed Deported To Bangladesh

Mohiuddin AKM Ahmed in Bangladesh

Convicted murderer Mohiuddin AKM Ahmed was deported from the United States and arrived in Bangladesh today. Mohiuddin’s arrival in Bangladesh was front page news in every Bangladeshi paper:

After leading a fugitive life of nine years in the United States Lt Col (retd) Mohiuddin Ahmed, a killer of the founding father of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was brought back to Dhaka yesterday from Los Angeles, as a US court rejected his appeal to stay.

Col Mohiuddin, one of 12 former army officers given death sentence for assassinating Sheikh Mujib and his family on August 15, 1975 through a bloody coup, was deported by the U.S. Homeland Security after a district court in California turned down his last appeal on June 14.

All the killers left Bangladesh after the coup and were absorbed in Bangladesh missions abroad following an understanding with the post ‘75 regimes.

Mohiuddin, 60, was a major at the time of the coup when most members of Sheikh Mujib’s family were killed and his three and half year old elected government was toppled.

Mohiuddin was tried in absentia and sentenced to death in 1998 during the second Awami League (AL) government led by Mujib’s daughter Sheikh Hasina, who was its Prime Minister.

While serving as a Bangladeshi diplomat in a Middle-Eastern country, Mohiuddin entered the United States on a visitor’s visa in 1996. Since then, he has fought a long legal battle to stay in the U.S.A.

Of the convicts, only four Lt Col (Retd) Syed Farooq Rahman, Lt Col (Retd) Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Lt Col (retd) Mohiuddin and Maj (retd) Bazlul Huda are behind the bar. Aziz Pasha died in Zimbabwe, two are living in Canada, the remaining persons, including Lt Col Rashid are reportedly living in unknown places outside Bangladesh.

The death sentence against the convicts has not yet been executed as their appeals are still pending before the Supreme Court.

Mohiuddin was flown in to Zia International Airport at about 12:18 noon by a Thai airplane (TG-321) from Los Angeles. Two officials of the US Homeland Security escorted him to the airport. The US officials handed him to the airport immigration. They left Dhaka for Bangkok by the return flight at 1:20pm.

Airport Thana police arrested the repatriated convict under Section 54 of the CrPc on his return. Clad in bulletproof jacket and helmet in his head, he was whisked in a convoy to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) court amidst foolproof security at about 1:35pm.

Police produced him in the court of Magistrate Shafique Anwar along with a report. The report reads: Mohiuddin is a condemned fugitive in the case of assassination of Sheikh Mujib on August 15, 1975. The case was filed with Dhanmondi police station in 1996.

The court was also informed that he was also an absconding accused in the Jail Killing Case filed with Lalbagh thana in 1975 as well as in Abdur Rab Serniabat Killing Case filed with Ramna thana in 1996.

After hearing the case statements, the court ordered that Mohiuddin be sent to Dhaka Central Jail with “custody warrant”. He was put behind bar at Dhaka central jail at about 2:00pm.

Mohiuddin was deported after a District Court judge in California denied his last minute petition for a stay of deportation [Click here to view the judge’s decision.]. Mohiuddin was scheduled to be deported on June 2nd after losing his final appeal with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals but filed a Habeas Corpus petition with the District Court in Central California on June 1st citing Congressman Jim McDermott’s private bill that aimed to give Mohiuddin a green card. The judge temporarily stayed his deportation until he had a chance to rule. Mohiuddin’s lawyers had contended "not only that the government’s execution of his removal order was improper, but also that on June 1, 2007, which was during Congress’ Memorial Day recess, staff members of the Department of Homeland Security ( "DHS" ) had misled congressional staff as to when Petitioner would be deported, thereby depriving him of the possibility that Members could intervene on his behalf." 

The judge (1) denied Mohiuddin’s claim that DHS misled Congress and as a consequence he was deprived possibility of relief, and (2) dismissed Mohiuddin’s claim that the government’s execution of the deportation order was improper.

On the second claim, that the deportation was improper, the judge ruled he had no jurisdiction to hear a challenge to a deportation order.

On the first claim, that DHS lied to or misled Congress, the judge ruled that Mohiuddin’s argument does not prevail on the merits. The judge wrote in his decision:

 As the government notes, Petitioner presents only extraordinarily thin evidence that DHS misled congressional staffers concerning the timing of his removal. His evidence is a declaration from an associate of his lawyer…

…even Petitioner himself acknowledges that some congressional staffers were told he could be deported at any time, and others were told his departure was imminent. Because both statements were true, Petitioner’s own evidence demonstrates it is virtually impossible that DHS misled congressional staffers at all, except on the remote possibility that some were intentionally kept out of the loop.

Moreover, contrary to Petitioner’s representation at the first oral argument, the Court has received no declarations from staffers or Members of Congress indicating they were misled.

Finally, even if a misrepresentation occurred, and even if it prevented congressional action that otherwise could have occurred, any injury that might have occurred has been mooted by this Court’s stays for further briefing. Because the House Judiciary Committee enacted its rules on June 6, 2007, it has now had a full week in which to act – with full knowledge of Petitioner’s predicament – but has declined to do so. Thus, Petitioner can hardly argue that any harm created by a misrepresentation remains ongoing.

The Court remains firm in this conclusion even after Petitioner’s contention at the second oral argument that "Congress is like the Titanic" and takes so much time to act that any misrepresentation could continue to prejudice Petitioner even now by delaying relief. Petitioner cannot have it both ways. He cannot claim that Congress could have been nimble enough to have helped him at the eleventh hour but for a DHS lie, but at the same time too sluggish to help him with a week’s notice.

Thus, for each reason set forth above, the Court concludes that Petitioner has no claim based on a misrepresentation from DHS to congressional staff.

The District Court judge did not accept Mohiuddin’s claim that DHS had tried to mislead Congress. Last week a Canadian reporter had written that it was the judge himself who "charged the Department of Homeland Security with misleading Congress, particularly those members fighting the deportation order."  This report that the judge had "charged" DHS with misleading Congress was repeated by other news organizations. It turns out, from the judge’s ruling, that the "charge" came from Mohiuddin, and not from the judge. In fact, the judge found that Mohiuddin’s claim was "extraordinarily thin".

 Thus ended Mohiuddin’s efforts to fight deportation. His 9 years in the United States as a fugitive from justice has now come to an end.



Mohiuddin’s return to Bangladesh is not a moment for celebration, but one of reflection. There is no joy in seeing murderers taken into custody – only sadness that the murders occurred. Justice has been delayed in this case, but nonetheless, it has now arrived. It is a solemn reminder of the frailty of human life and the capacity of some to take it with such ease.

Now Mohiuddin faces justice for murders he committed nearly 32 years ago. Mohiuddin’s return to Bangladesh is an important event in Bangladesh’s history. It is one important step in bringing to closure the national upheaval that began on August 15, 1975. One by one the killers of 1975 who had enjoyed impunity for so many years are being brought to justice.

With their return to Bangladesh comes tremendous responsibility on the shoulders of the current Bangladeshi government. It is the responsibility of being just in the execution of justice. Mohiuddin was successfully returned to Bangladesh because the US courts were confronted with overwhelming evidence from Mohiuddin’s trial. The US courts were able to satisfy themselves that the trial in Bangladesh was free and fair and that Mohiuddin had received due process. If his trial had been a show trial, his return to Bangladesh would not have occurred. Mohiuddin’s deportation demonstrates very clearly the importance of fair trials and due process. Now that Mohiuddin is in Bangladeshi custody, the current government needs to ensure that Mohiuddin’s remaining appeals to the Supreme Court of Bangladesh are handled as transparently as his trial in 1997. Mohiuddin received due process and a deliberate consideration of his petitions in the United States – that deliberate process must continue in Bangladesh.


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13 Responses to Mohiuddin AKM Ahmed Deported To Bangladesh

  1. bongobongo says:


    I see that you follow the karl rove strategy . . . if you lie about something often enough, it is eventually taken as true.

    You state: “The US courts were able to satisfy themselves that the trial in Bangladesh was free and fair and that Mohiuddin had received due process.”

    I must correct you again . . . the ninth circuit DID NOT find that the murder trial was fair, or that due process was accorded. Rather, it found that Ahmed was unable to prove that the trial was unfair.

    I appreciate that it is a subtle difference, but your vassar education should have prepared you for such subtleties. I hope that Mohiuddin and his lawyers will be able to appeal his case, and confront the witnesses and evidence without hasina’s filthy hands orchestrating “justice.”

  2. Mash says:

    bongobongo, you know, this isnt a “he said-she said” thing. I have provided trial briefs and links to the court orders. Mohiuddin had 9 years to convince the United States government that his trial was unfair. He failed. The government does not have to keep reproving the fairness of the trial in the absence of any credible evidence of unfairness. Just because the convicted claims unfairness is not grounds for the government to reverse itself – that claim has to be backed by credible evidence. You can see an example of the importance of backing up a charge with credible evidence by reading the Central California District Judge’s almost dismissive denial of Mohiuddin’s final petition. Evidence matters in courts – having high paid PR consultants does not work in a court of law where facts matter.

    The immigration judge, the board of immigration appeals and the 9th circuit did not accept Mohiuddin’s claim that the trial was unfair. The American courts also ruled, and the appeals court affirmed, that Mohiuddin engaged in terrorist activity. To do that the courts had to satisfy themselves that Mohiuddin received due process. They looked at both the facts of the case as well as the trial itself.

    Your repeated assertions that it was not the evidence but instead “hasina’s filthy hands” that convicted Mohiuddin simply ignores the well known facts of the case and the widely accepted view of international observers that Mohiuddin received due process and that the trial was fair.

  3. ZaFa says:

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  4. ZaFa says:

    As Mohiuddin’s web page promised – legal battle in Bangladesh has began.

  5. Robbie says:


    That would be from the Fox News Network playbook, and Mash isn’t the kind of guy who would follow that.

  6. Mash says:

    Zafa, I just read your post. The well-connected PR firm probably explains how the private bill may have come out. I find the idea of hiring a PR firm when you are facing deportation interesting. It may point to the fact that knowing his case was weak in the courts, he made an early decision to try the political route.

    Robbie, thank you for the word of support. I do think this may be the first time I have ever been compared to Karl Rove though. I wonder if I need to come up with a cool nickname like “turdblossom” to go with my new Rovian self. :d

  7. Imran says:

    I watched with pleasure the return of Mohiuddin on ATN Bangla. I will embrace added pleasure the day this convicted murderer is put to death.

    The day, Mohiuddin and his partners carried out their evil plans, I saw the “Tohol Police (Police Patrol) trucks removing dead bodies from the Minto Road area, where some of the other victims were masacred. I still can’t forget the legs of some of those murdered victims hanging out of the small pickup trucks. I still get goose bumps when I have flashbacks of that moment. I was about ten years old at that time.

    I strongly believe that the other convicted murderers who are hiding in other countries should also be deported back to Bangladesh.

    What I saw that day was ghastly. Can you imagine how much more ghastly it is to the immediate family members of the victims?

    I hope and wish that Mohiuddin along with his other comrades face the gallows soon.

    Murder is murder. Enough excuses. Its time to implement the verdict of our motherland’s judicial system.

  8. AsifY says:


    My congratulations again. Big leap from being top dog (or near-abouts) in Bangladesh to being top dog (or near-abouts) in the U.S.

    And your day job? Must be the head of the secret union of lizards from outer space who secretly control the entire globalized system. No seriously man, how can you do it? Must be the Vassar education. Or is it because you’ve secretly hired bongobongo to be your PR manager? Hey, what if you’re really bongobongo? Or maybe Tareq? Or maybe even Khaleda Zia?

    Oh the circular paths of paranoia…

    PS> I’m loving this bongobongo character btw. He really amuses me. Sorry you’re having to take the brunt of it.

  9. Robbie says:

    That’s funny, Mash! =))

    Some people call me a DINO (Democrat in Name Only), yet I’m more like the Bernie Sanders of the blogosphere: an Independent who caucuses with the Democrats.

    As for a nickname? Hmmm…I’ll have to get back to you on that. 😕

  10. Sam says:

    It’s always enjoyable to see self labeled “intellectuals” a.k.a. socialist and/or atheists foaming at the mouth for the death penalty, without any true form of due process. Simply because the accused held beliefs opposite of their holy father, in a case that was performed in dictator like proceedings by his vindictive daughter.
    I wonder if former daughter prime minister gets to shoot the accused in the line of fire? I’m sure her thug ministers, that ironically are in jail with him, are performing her dirty work behind bars against him.

  11. Mash says:

    Sam, I guess facts don’t matter to you. Mohiuddin was not convicted because of his “beliefs”, he was convicted because of his actions, i.e., murdering people.

    Speaking of irony, Mohiuddin is currently in Dhaka Central Jail. That is the same jail where the four national leaders were murdered the night before Mohiuddin and his fellow coup plotters fled Bangladesh on November 3, 1975. As you may know, he is one of the accused in the trial of the four who were bayoneted to death there.

  12. Sohel says:


    I just stumbled onto your blog.
    Good readings and an eye-opener for many.

    The bottom line in this debate seems to be the eternal debate (enmity) between the Awami Leaguers and others (BNP led military supporting types).

    I think your focus on the evidence & facts is refreshing. I do not see ALL the facts and am not 100% convinced of his guilt, but there aren’t sufficient reasonable doubt to free him either. I will let the courts decide. Under the caretaker govt, if he is hanged – so be it. Convicted under the Awami League gove and hanged by the Caretaker (military- backed) govt.

    Keep up the good work. Debate about this issues ARE needed to ensure truth comes out finally.


  13. bongo bondu says:

    kill him quick.

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