Salman Hossain outside Gloria Jeanís Coffees in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Bangladesh police say they are searching for a Canadian who has been living in Dhaka for seven years despite being wanted in Ontario for promoting a genocide against Jews.
The elite Rapid Action Battalion of the Bangladesh Police said Wednesday it intended to apprehend Salman Hossain, a former Toronto resident wanted by Ontario Provincial Police.
Police officials also told local newspapers they were unaware Hossain was wanted in Canada. The country’s Interpol liaison told the Dhaka Tribune that Ottawa had not asked for Hossain’s arrest.
But a red notice asking police to locate and arrest the 32-year-old is on Interpol’s publicly available website. Hossain did not respond to several messages seeking his comment.
Salman Hossain at the gym in a luxury Dhaka hotel
“We have already started to look into it,” Assistant Inspector General Md Moniruzzaman, a senior officer of the Bangladesh Police, told the news website bdnews24.com.
The Dhaka Tribune reported that Additional Inspector General Mahbubur Rahman Bhuiyan, the Bangladesh Police liaison to Interpol, was surprised to learn a fugitive was hiding in his country.
“We have no idea about this. He might be wanted in Canada, but not in Bangladesh. Anyone can be in the ‘wanted’ list in a country but it’s up to the host country to arrest him or not,” he said.
When the newspaper asked whether Hossain was a threat given his advocacy of genocide, the officer responded, “Yes, that’s true, but the Canadian government did not make any special requests.”
In July 2010, the OPP charged Hossain with two counts of promoting a genocide and three counts of promoting hatred. The charges stemmed from his repeated calls for the “extermination” of Jews.
But Hossain left Canada shortly before the charges were approved by Ontario’s Attorney-General and he has remained a fugitive ever since.
Canada and Bangladesh do not have an extradition treaty. However, when charges against Hossain were announced, the OPP said it would still seek his arrest and return to Canada to stand trial.
In recent weeks, the National Post has tracked Hossain to a neighborhood in the Bangladeshi capital and photographed him Sunday outside a coffee franchise.
An online acquaintance told the Post that Hossain had been using more than a dozen online aliases and claimed he was involved in credit card hacking and intended to move to Malaysia.
From Bangladesh, he has continued to post videos and written screeds on the Internet appealing for an “extermination program” against Jews.