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Man arrested in Lilburn tied to foreign assassination attempt, deported

This photo taken by federal immigration officials shows Murad boarding his deportation flight at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Murad was arrested in Lilburn in 2012, more than 20 years after allegedly participating in an attack against the now-prime minister of Bangladesh. (Special photo)

This photo taken by federal immigration officials shows Murad boarding his deportation flight at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Murad was arrested in Lilburn in 2012, more than 20 years after allegedly participating in an attack against the now-prime minister of Bangladesh. (Special photo)

Nazmul Maksud Murad was arrested in Lilburn in 2012, some 23 years after the Bengali man allegedly participated in an attack against the woman who is now Bangladesh’s prime minister.

On Wednesday, he was returned to his home country.

According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, Murad, 43, is accused of participating in a 1989 grenade attack at the home of Sheikh Hasina, who was then the head of a rival political party. ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations fugitive team arrested Murad in Lilburn in Feb. 2012, pursuant to his illegal status and an arrest warrant issued months earlier by a judge in Bangladesh.

Murad is believed to have entered the United States in 1996.

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

Authorities accompanied Murad on a commercial flight out of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Monday. He was turned over the Bangladeshi law enforcement upon arrival Wednesday.

According to the news release, ERO has removed more than 720 foreign fugitives facing serious crimes from the United States since Oct. 1, 2009.