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Bengali Man Arrested in Gwinnett in '12 Deported for Involvement in Assassination Attempt

Nazmul Maksud Murad is accused of 1989 attempt on politician who later became Bangladesh prime minister.

Nazmul Maksud Murad. Credit: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement image.
Nazmul Maksud Murad. Credit: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement image.

A man from Bangladesh who was arrested in Gwinnett County two years ago was deported Tuesday to face charges over his involvement decades ago in an attempted political assassination in his home country.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a press relase that Nazmul Maksud Murad, 43, is accused of participating in a 1989 grenade attack targeting Sheikh Hasina, who is currently the prime minister of Bangladesh. Hasina was the head of a rival political party at the time of the attack on his home.

He was returned to Bangladesh on Tuesday, according to the press release, escorted by federal agents on a flight from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Murad was arrested by agents in Lilburn in February 2012 on a warrant issued by the Bangladesh judge, and for unlawfully living in the U.S. He came to the U.S. in 1996.

"Fugitives from justice will not find safe haven in the United States," said John P. Martinez, acting field office director of the ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations in Atlanta. "Mr. Murad is accused of participating in an attempted political assassination, and thanks to the diligent work of our Fugitive Operations Team he will be held accountable for his actions in Bangladesh."

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