Jamaat leader Taher placed on 7-day remand

Two Dhaka courts on Thursday placed central Jamaat-e-Islami leader and former lawmaker Syed Abdullah Mohammad Taher on a seven-day remand for police interrogation in connection with two arson cases filed against him.

The two cases were filed over Wednesday’s fierce clash between the activists of the Jamaat and its student front Islami Chhatra Shibir, and the police in the city’s Rampura area and also vandalising of vehicles.

The court of Speedy Trial Tribunal Magistrate Harun-or-Rashid allowed police four days to interrogate the Jamaat leader after Sub-Inspector of the Rampura Police Station Arif Hossain, also the Investigation Officer of the case, produced him before the court with a request for seven day remand in the case filed under the Speedy Trial Act.

Metropolitan Magistrate Saifur Rahman granted three-day remand in police custody for the Jamaat leader in the case filed under the Code of Criminal Procedure by rejecting the police’s five-day remand plea.

The both courts also rejected the bail petitions filed by Taher.

The unruly Jamaat-Shibir activists were involved in a fierce clash with police in Rampura area of the capital on Wednesday afternoon as the law enforcers interrupted their procession that demanded the release of the detained top Jamaat leaders who are facing the war crimes charges.

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Wednesday evening arrested Taher from the house of one of his relatives in the city’s Khilgaon area on charges of ‘plotting against the government’. Six more Jamaat activists were also arrested from there.

Taher, a member of the Jamaat’s Central Working Council, was elected MP in 2001 from Comilla-12 (Chauddagram) parliamentary constituency.

He was arrested in March 2007 on charges of corruption and extortion, and is now on bail.

He was nabbed in a sedition case in 2011, but later secured bail.


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