Ja­panese woman feared mur­dered, buried in Bangladesh

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

DHAKA: Bangladesh po­lice have ar­rested five men over the sus­pected mur­der of a Ja­panese busi­ness­woman who is be­lieved to have been buried in a grave­yard un­der a false name, an of­fi­cer said yes­ter­day.

Po­lice sus­pect Hiroe Miy­ata, 60, who lived in Bangladesh, was in­terred last month in the cap­i­tal Dhaka un­der a fake iden­tity af­ter of­fi­cers ex­am­ined records at the Mus­lim grave­yard. Au­thor­i­ties be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter the woman’s mother in Ja­pan re­ported her miss­ing to the Ja­panese em­bassy in Dhaka on Novem­ber 19. “We are treat­ing this as a mur­der” in­ves­ti­ga­tion pend­ing a post­mortem to de­ter­mine cause of death, one po­lice of­fi­cer told AFP on con­di­tion of anonymity.

Five men who worked closely with Miy­ata were ar­rested late on Mon­day and re­manded in cus­tody by a Dhaka court for fur­ther ques­tion­ing, the of­fi­cer said. An­other po­lice of­fi­cial said the woman had been liv­ing and work­ing in Dhaka for the last 10 years. “She died in mys­te­ri­ous cir­cum­stances,” the of­fi­cial, who also de­clined to be named be­cause of the pre­lim­i­nary na­ture of the case, told AFP, say­ing the woman was buried un­der a Mus­lim name.

“We’ve sought a court or­der to ex­hume the body and de­ter­mine the rea­son for her death.” A Ja­panese em­bassy spokesman de­clined to com­ment. Bangladesh is reel­ing af­ter the mur­ders of a Ja­panese farmer and an Ital­ian aid worker in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents in re­cent months, at­tacks claimed by the Is­lamic State group. An Ital­ian priest was shot and se­ri­ously in­jured last week.

The Bangladesh gov­ern­ment says the ji­hadist group has no pres­ence in the Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­try, while po­lice sus­pect a lo­cal banned Is­lamist out­fit was re­spon­si­ble. — AFP

DHAKA: Bangladesh po­lice of­fi­cials es­cort some of the ac­cused in the mur­der of Ja­panese woman Hiroe Miy­ata in Dhaka yes­ter­day. Bangladesh po­lice have ar­rested five men over the sus­pected mur­der of a Ja­panese busi­ness­woman who is be­lieved to have been buried in a grave­yard un­der a false name, an of­fi­cer said. — AFP

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