Bangladesh (AP) – A Bangladeshi court on Monday allowed police to continue questioning an influential Islamist leader who was violently protesting against a visit by the Indian prime minister to a Muslim-majority country last month.
According to lawyers, Dhaka Metropolitan Devdas Chandra Adhikari made the decision after state advisers insisted that Mamunul Hake of the Hefazat-e-Islam group was dangerous and investigators should continue to question him.
The hacker was arrested on Sunday and charged with several counts of insulting religious sentiment in connection with the 2020 Dhaka case.
“He ran away,” Abu said.
Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
“Why was he shown that he was arrested in the old case?” Why was he not arrested last year? ” Defender Jainul Abedin Mezbah said.
Security in the courtroom was tight as Hecke was escorted from the Detective Branch office, where he was detained overnight for preliminary questioning. The law requires that arrested suspects be brought before a magistrate within 24 hours.
Haken, 47, is the leader of the Hefazat-i-Islam group, which has a strong network of Islamic schools throughout Bangladesh. The group says it is not a political party, but its leaders regularly advocate for the country’s policies and advocate an Islamic revolution. Its leaders often challenge the constitution, a legal system based on common British law.
Hake strongly opposes the government’s policy of establishing close ties with India, the neighboring Hindu majority.
The group criticized Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for inviting Modi to attend the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence on March 26. Critics accuse Modi’s Hindu-Nationalist Party of promoting religious extremism in India and discriminating against minorities, particularly Muslims.
Modi’s two-day visit was marred by violence, during which at least 17 Hefazat-Islam supporters were killed in clashes with police as they attacked police stations, other government buildings and closed highways. During a visit to Dhaka, they clashed with police near the main Baitul Mokarram Mosque.
In a speech to Bangladeshi parliament earlier this month, Hasina warned the group and its leaders that they would face repercussions if they continued to use violence.
Hacken’s supporters recently led a campaign against independence leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s plans to erect a statue of Hasina’s father, saying the sculptures were non-Islamic. The government backed down.
Hefazat-e-Islam also wants the Hasina government to pass swearing-in laws that would sentence anyone convicted of criticizing a Prophet of Islam to death.