2 Bangladeshi workers detained under ISA sentenced to 2 and 2½ years' jail for financing terrorism

Mamun Leakot Ali, 30 (left), was the group's deputy leader, while Zzaman Daulat, 34, was in the group's security council.
Mamun Leakot Ali, 30 (left), was the group's deputy leader, while Zzaman Daulat, 34, was in the group's security council. PHOTOS: MHA

SINGAPORE - Two Bangladeshi workers detained in April under the Internal Security Act (ISA) on Tuesday (Aug 30) were convicted and sentenced to 2 and 2½ years jail for financing terrorism. They had pleaded guilty earlier on Tuesday.

Mamun Leakot Ali, 30, was sentenced to 2½ years' jail, while Zzaman Daulat, 34, was sentenced to 2 years' jail.

They were part of a group of six workers who were charged under the Terrorism (Suppression of Financing) Act in May.

Mamun and Zzaman had initially claimed trial. The other four pleaded guilty and were jailed between two and five years last month.

Lawyers Noor Marican and Ramesh Tiwary represented both men pro bono.

Addressing the court, Mr Marican said both men were deeply apologetic to the people of Singapore for causing fear and harm through their actions.

Pleading for a more lenient sentence, Mr Marican added that both men had committed their crimes in a moment of foolishness, and were now deeply ashamed for bringing down the repute of Islam and other Muslims.

Speaking for both men, Mr Marican said: "He is a Muslim, he believes in Islam, and he realises that these are not teachings of his religion... It is not the way of Islam."

The group called themselves the Islamic State in Bangladesh (ISB) and were collecting or providing money to fund terrorist attacks back home.

Their goal was to topple their government, set up an Islamic state and bring it under the self-declared caliphate of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

 
 
 

The authorities found in their possession a list of targets and bomb-making manuals.

Two other ISB men were also detained in April - they have been given two-year detention orders under the ISA and have not faced formal charges in court.

Court documents show the men had clearly defined roles.

Mamun was the group's deputy leader, while Zzaman was in the group's security council.

They were led by ringleader Rahman Mizanur, 31, who got the heaviest sentence of five years' jail.

Miah Rubel, 26, and Md Jabath Kysar Haje Norul Islam Sowdagar, 31, acted as the group's treasurers, and received 2½ years' jail.

Sohel Hawlader Ismail Hawlader, 29, donated $300 to the cause, and was given two years' jail.