Vol. 5 Num 1005 Thu. March 29, 2007  
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Adviser says Mohiuddin to be deported soon
US congressman asks for delay

Although Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday said Major (retd) Mohiuddin, the condemned killer of Bangabandhu, will be deported "soon", a US Congressman requested the Homeland Security to delay the deportation.

"Soon," the adviser told reporters at the foreign ministry after a meeting with US Ambassador Patricia Butenis.

Chowdhury would not say how long it could take to complete the deportation procedure to send Mohiuddin back to Dhaka.

A source in the US embassy told the news agency that he would ultimately be deported to Bangladesh, but hastened to add that nothing could be confirmed until he arrives.

The Los Angeles Times said Mohiuddin was due to left the country Monday night, but Rep Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) called Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff's office and requested for a delay.

On Tuesday, an immigration enforcement spokeswoman said the deportation order remains in force. The spokeswoman refused to say when Mohiuddin, who is being held in Los Angeles, would be forced to leave.