Interpol’s most wanted Bangladeshi ‘executioner’ Mueen-Uddin tracked

28 Dec 2017, 22:52

NTV Online
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An alleged war criminal named one of Interpol’s most wanted British fugitives is living in a London cul-de-sac.

Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin, 69, was convicted in his absence in 2013 of crimes against humanity relating to the Bangladeshi War of Independence in 1971.

The former NHS director allegedly led a vicious militia said to have executed 18 intellectuals while it fought the Pakistan split.

Mueen-Uddin was sentenced to be hanged by a war crimes tribunal in the capital Dhaka, which he claimed was highly flawed.

His lawyers branded it a ‘show trial’ and he refused to attend, reports The Sun.

Interpol has published a photo of the Muslim leader among 25 most wanted Brits on the run. But The Sun easily found him at his £1million home in Southgate, North London.

He was seen shopping and visiting a mosque. A neighbour said: ‘Interpol can’t be looking very hard.’

Speaking at his home, Mueen-Uddin said: ‘It’s all rubbish.’ He has launched an appeal against the Interpol red notice.

Mueen-Uddin fled to Britain after the war, gaining citizenship and having four kids with Farida, 57.

He was even pictured with Prince Charles at a Leicestershire Islamic event.

Bangladeshi cops urged Scotland Yard to arrest him.

But a human rights lawyer pointed out experts agreed the trial was a ‘flagrant denial of justice’.

Human rights lawyer Toby Cadman said they were unaware he was hunted by Interpol until told by The Sun.

He has launched an appeal against the Interpol red notice.

Mr Cadman said: ‘We are highly confident that the Red Notice in respect of Mr. Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin issued by the Bangladesh authorities will be withdrawn.

‘This conclusion is based on a number of factors and supported by a comprehensive body of expert opinion from UN Special Rapporteurs, international human rights NGOs, respected jurists and parliamentarians that have all criticised the judicial process at the Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal.

‘This body of expert opinion have declared the process a flagrant denial of justice.

‘It is quite clear that the request from Bangladesh constitutes an abuse of the Interpol process and will be dismissed following review.

‘Regardless of the review, it is quite clear that the Metropolitan Police have not sought to arrest based on the warrant due to the very serious concerns as to fair trial, independence of the judiciary and the application of the death penalty.

‘Mr. Mueen-Uddin was convicted following a highly flawed trial conducted in his absence and he has no right of appeal or review.

‘The appropriate course of conduct would have been for the Bangladesh authorities to submit an extradition request, although it is quite clear that no British Judge would order Mueen-Uddin’s extradition.’