Defending his earlier remark on BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman, State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam on Monday presented some documents that Tarique Rahman returned his passport to Bangladesh High Commission in London through British Home Office.
Speaking at a press conference at his Gulshan residence, the state minister also said the passports of Tarique, his wife and daughter were returned to the High Commission on June 2, 2014 through British Home Office.
“Now they’ve no travel document to come to Bangladesh,” he added.
Shariar also said this is interesting that a convicted criminal has sent him a legal notice.
He, however, said he will face legally if Tarique files any case against him.
Addressing a reception hosted by the UK Awami League in honour of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in London, Shahriar said Tarique, living in London, gave up his nationality by handing over his Bangladesh passport to the UK Home Office almost four years ago.
The UK Home Office sent his passport to the Bangladesh High Commission, he added.
Earlier in the day, Tarique sent a legal notice to Shahriar asking him to prove by 10 days his remark that he has relinquished his nationality by submitting Bangladeshi passport.
Or else, the BNP leader threatened to will file both criminal and civil cases against Shahriar Alam.
On behalf of Tarique, BNP law affairs secretary Barrister Kaiser Kamal sent the notice by post to the Foreign Ministry’s address.
BNP also protested the state minister’s comment and challenged the Bangladesh High Commission to show Tarique Rahman’s Bangladeshi passport if he submitted it.