Nearly 600 foreign nationals including 14 women are in different
jails in the country although they have completed their jail
terms or have been acquitted of the charges against them.
officials said lack of initiative by the concerned foreign
missions in Dhaka for repatriation of these foreigners has
led to this situation. These detainees are called 'released
to officials, of the 600 expatriate released prisoners, 510
including seven women are from Myanmar with most of them staying
in jails in Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Sylhet and Comilla.
the detainees are in Dhaka Central Jail, six of them being
released prisoners including seven women are from India and
six from Sri Lanka.
are from Thailand, China, Pakistan, Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria
as an expatriate detainee is acquitted of the charge against
him/her or his/her jail term is over, the home ministry is
informed of this.
getting permission from the ministry for repatriation of the
released prisoner, jail authorities contact the respective
foreign mission to take the person from jail. If the mission
wants to do so, Jail authorities in presence of the Special
Branch of Police hand over the person to the mission officials.
concerned then sends the foreigner back to his country.
to a question about the 600 prisoners, a top jail official
seeking anonymity said, "Despite repeated requests from jail
officials, the foreign missions concerned have been apparently
reluctant to take them for repatriation to their respective
out that as countries like Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria and Liberia
do not have resident missions in Dhaka, it is difficult for
jail officials to contact them repeatedly.
of the released prisoners have been in jail for more than
two years. The government spends about Tk 4.86 lakh (about
8,600 US dollars) per month on food for the expatriate released
prisoners, jail sources claimed.