Interior minister orders authorities to stop issuing work permits following brutal murder of Bahraini.
Bangladeshis have been banned from working in Bahrain following the alleged brutal murder of a Bahraini national by a mechanic from the Asian nation.
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa on Monday ordered authorities to stop issuing work permits to Bangladeshis amid calls from MPs to deport all Bangladeshis from the Gulf island state, Bahrain's Gulf Daily News reported on Tuesday.
The accused was charged with premeditated murder on Friday for allegedly slitting the throat of Mohammed Jassim Dossary with a hacksaw after a disagreement over payment for work on the victim’s car.
The murder has outraged some Bahraini government officials, who have repeatedly claimed Bangladeshi immigrants are behind the nation’s growing crime problems.
Following the murder, MP Abdul Halim Murad demanded the deportation of more than 100,000 Bangladeshi labourers from the kingdom.
Murad on Sunday called on the government to “put a timetable for the deportation of Bangladeshi labourers from Bahrain after their repeated involvement in murders and other crimes”.
Bangladesh Embassy head Saif Al-Islam said the move had left him and his colleagues in shock and the embassy would appeal against it.
"For one person the government is punishing a whole nation, which is not acceptable to us. We will appeal to the government to reconsider this…we will ask them at least to delay implementing this restriction," he told the Gulf Daily News.
"There are thousands of Bangladeshi people working in the cold and heat for the development of Bahrain.
"We have a good relationship with the people and respect Bahrain. The government should not take such a harsh action."
Al-Islam said 106,000 Bangladeshis are currently working in various sectors across Bahrain.
Murad had also called on Sunday for the accused to be swiftly executed, so that “justice will be done”.
Although Bahrain applies the death penalty, executions are seldom carried out.
Bahrain executed two Bangladeshi workers in December 2006 after the king upheld their death sentences. They were the first executions to be carried out in the Gulf state since 1996.