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23 January, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Govt plans to move higher court against militants’ bail

Over 100 militants got bail through legal loopholes; many have fled country
DEEPAK ACHARJEE
Govt plans to move higher
court against militants’ bail

The government is planning to move the higher court soon to block the bails given to a number of militants by the High Court (HC) recently, sources at the law and home ministries disclosed. The government comes up with the plan as most of the militants are back in business after securing bail, they added. The ministries are preparing a report on militants of different groups like Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Neo JMB, who have got bail from the court, the sources added. In the last few years, over 100 militants—including 18 top leaders of different militant outfits—have got bail by taking advantage of legal loopholes, the sources said.

After getting bail, many of the militants have fled Bangladesh and are reorganising their organisations. They are staying at home and abroad with a view to conducting their nefarious activities in the country, the sources added. The minister for law, justice and parliamentary affairs, Anisul Huq, told The Independent that they will move the higher court for necessary legal steps in this respect so that the militants on bail cannot pose renewed security threats.

“The judiciary is independent and bail is at the court’s discretion. However, the judges should become more cautious in granting bail to the accused detained in connection with militancy-related cases, considering the judiciary’s responsibilities and the law and order situation in the country,” he said.

Talking to this correspondent, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said since officials of the law enforcement and intelligence agencies risk their lives to net the militants, it is not appropriate that they should go free on bail by taking advantage of legal loopholes.

“The judges should be more careful before granting bail in the cases related to militants,” he said. “Our experience is that the militants, after getting bail, will again go back to their old business, posing a huge security threat to the country,” he added.

Talking to this correspondent, a senior officer of a law enforcement agency said once the militants are out on bail, they either go into hiding or start their militant activities all over again.

“If this keeps happening, we cannot stop militancy in Bangladesh,” he warned. Among the top militant leaders who secured bail because of legal loopholes, Imran Ahmed, 37, Md Faroque Hossain alias Omor Faroque, 30, Md Nabin Hossain Rabbi, Khandaker Abu Nayeem alias Nayeem Zihadi, Md Zabir Hawlader alias Zabir, Abu Raihan alias Robin alias Himel and Abu Bakar Siddiqui were the top leaders of Neo JMB, although they had declared themselves as members of the Islamic State (IS). All of them got bail from the High Court last year.

Other leaders of the JMB—Faisal Ahmed, Md Tushar Habib alias Ayub, 26, Md Abul Quashem Munshi alias Quashem, Md Jamal Uddin alias Russel Jihadi, 35, Md Mamunur Rashid alias Shayekh Mamun, 34, Md Kayum Hawlader Mithu alias Saiful, 24, Md Selim Hawlader, 32, Hafez Mawlana Omar Faroque, 32, Md Akhtaruzzaman alias Maruf, 32, Md Shariful Islam alias Shahin, 21, and Md Mostafa alias Mosto alias Shameem, 25— also got bail from the High Court last year.

Sources in the prisons said at least 625 people, accused in militancy cases, are lodged in 68 prisons across the country.

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