ISA arrests: 14 of 27 Bangladeshis jailed back home: Daily Star

Dhaka court convicted fourteen of the radicalised Bangladeshis under the Anti-Terrorism Act on Dec 27 last year, reported the Daily Star.
Dhaka court convicted fourteen of the radicalised Bangladeshis under the Anti-Terrorism Act on Dec 27 last year, reported the Daily Star.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM DAILY STAR WEBSITE
(First row from left) Alam Khurshed, 27; Alam Mahabub, 34; Ali Abdul, 40. (Second row) Ali Md Ashraf, 33; Alim Abdul, 32; Aminur, 31. (Third row) Golam Jilani Abdur Rouf, 27; Haque Md Mofazzal, 29; Hasan Md Mahmudul, 30.
(First row from left) Alam Khurshed, 27; Alam Mahabub, 34; Ali Abdul, 40. (Second row) Ali Md Ashraf, 33; Alim Abdul, 32; Aminur, 31. (Third row) Golam Jilani Abdur Rouf, 27; Haque Md Mofazzal, 29; Hasan Md Mahmudul, 30. PHOTOS: MHA
(First row from left) Hossain Mohammad Faruk, 30; Hossain Mohammad Sajib, 25; Hossen Md Akram, 32. (Second row) Islam Saiful, 36; Jasim Md, 33; Jewel Shaikh Khorshad Ali, 39. (Third row) Mamun Al, 27; Md Rowshan Alam Md Rezaul Karim, 29; Md Sanuar Ho
(First row from left) Hossain Mohammad Faruk, 30; Hossain Mohammad Sajib, 25; Hossen Md Akram, 32. (Second row) Islam Saiful, 36; Jasim Md, 33; Jewel Shaikh Khorshad Ali, 39. (Third row) Mamun Al, 27; Md Rowshan Alam Md Rezaul Karim, 29; Md Sanuar Hossain Md Amjad Hossain, 34. PHOTOS: MHA
(First row from left) Md Zafor Iqbal Abul Hossain, 28; Md Zahidul Islam Md Foyej Uddin, 32; Mollah Md Shah Alam, 28. (Second row) Nurul Amin Younus Mulla, 30; Parvej Dolar, 35; Sarder Polash, 33. (Third row) Sujan Sha Alam, 35; Sumon Md Jakaria Hosse
(First row from left) Md Zafor Iqbal Abul Hossain, 28; Md Zahidul Islam Md Foyej Uddin, 32; Mollah Md Shah Alam, 28. (Second row) Nurul Amin Younus Mulla, 30; Parvej Dolar, 35; Sarder Polash, 33. (Third row) Sujan Sha Alam, 35; Sumon Md Jakaria Hossen, 25; Tarikuzzaman Rejaul Hossain, 40. PHOTOS: MHA

Fourteen of the 27 radicalised Bangladeshis arrested under Singapore's Internal Security Act were  jailed in their home country after they were repatriated.

A Dhaka court sent them to jail under the Anti-Terrorism Act on Dec 27 last year, reported the Daily Star, the leading English daily in Bangladesh.

Inspector Mustafa Anwar, who was the investigation officer of the case, told the court that they were directly or indirectly involved in terror activities and making attempts to create anarchy in the country.

"So, they should be confined to jail until the investigation completes," the Daily Star quoted him as saying.

According to the case statement, it was alleged that the accused met at a mosque in Singapore to discuss militant activities and collect funds.

The men, who were working in the construction industry in Singapore, were detained by the Singapore authorities between Nov 16 and Dec 1 last year.

Investigations showed that they supported the armed jihad ideology of terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs said on Wednesday (Jan 20).

Some of them had considered waging armed jihad overseas, but they were not planning any terrorist attacks in Singapore, said MHA.

All 27 have had their work passes cancelled, and 26 of them were repatriated to Bangladesh, where the authorities were informed of the circumstances of their repatriation.

The last person is now in prison in Singapore for attempting to leave the country illegally after learning of his fellow members' arrests. He will also be repatriated once he completes his sentence, said MHA.

Of the 27, 26 were members of a closed religious study group that subscribed to extremist beliefs and teachings of radical figures like Anwar al-Awlaki, an American and Yemeni Islamic lecturer alleged to have ties with militant group Al-Qaeda. Awlaki was killed in a drone strike in Yemen in September 2011.

The remaining man was not a member of the study group, but was discovered to have been undergoing radicalisation. He supported extremist preachers and possessed jihadi-related material.

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