Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Thursday informed Parliament that a total of 8,848 Bangladeshis are now staying in jails or detention centres of different countries, including India, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and the USA.
The minister came up with the statistics while responding to a question by treasury bench MP M Abdul Latif (Chattogram-11).
As per the data, the highest 2,051 Bangladeshis are now languishing in different prisons of India, including 2,031 in Kolkata.
Besides, the minister said, 1,289 Bangladeshis are now staying in prisons in Saudi Arabia while 1,156 in the UAE, 693 in Bahrain, 572 in Malaysia, 442 in Oman, 351 in Qatar, 316 in Kuwait, 275 In Iraq, 243 in Iran, 126 in the UK and 79 in the USA.
Dr Momen said his ministry with the help of Bangladesh embassies and high commissions is working to bring the Bangladeshis back from the jails of those countries.
He said the Foreign Ministry usually appoints lawyers, preparer travel documents and necessary papers for either reducing the tenure of punishment or getting clemency whenever any Bangladeshi is jailed by foreign countries.unb