Bangladeshi origin British citizen Yasin Mohammad Abdus Samad Talukder and youth Tehzeeb Karim, reportedly ‘arrested’ on May 17 after three years of disappearance, were remanded in police custody on Sunday for one day for interrogation in a ‘terror financing’ case.
Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Abu Sayeed passed the order after hearing a police application seeking them in their custody for interrogation in the case filed with Gulshan police station in January 2017.
‘As they are in the jail, we will interrogate them at a time suitable to us,’ said the Dhaka Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner (Detective Branch) Rajib Al Masud.
DB inspector Robiul Alam in the application branded the two as pioneers of Jamaatul Muslimin in Bangladesh, which was operating in 17 countries, and they needed to be interrogated for a investigation.
The application stated that Tehzeeb was an active member of banned extremist organisation and he went to Yemen to meet Anwar al-Awlaqi, a key al-Qaeda figure, in 2010 and was arrested and imprisoned for 10 months. Tehzeeb once also visited Pakistan.
Yasin was a follower of jailed extremist preacher Jashim Uddin Rahmani, also an accused in the case, the application stated, adding that he used to visit Jashim at a mosque and edit and upload videos of the latter’s lectures.
It also stated that Yasin used to maintain contact with Rizwan Haroon, former owner of Lakehead Grammar School in Gulshan, who was also named in the case.
Defence counsel Sharmin Sultana Happy opposed the petition.
Earlier on January 20, the law enforcers arrested Rizwan at Dhanmondi in Dhaka for his alleged link to Jamaatul Muslimin after 19 months of his reported disappearance.
Saudi-born British-Bangladeshi physics teacher Yasin kept mum about where he had been in the past three years and told his family that he was happy that he was alive, said his mother Suraiya Parvin Talukdar after meeting him at the court.
He was reportedly arrested 22 days after the home ministry on April 25 sent a letter to the foreign ministry to inform the British High Commission in Dhaka that he was not in custody.
Following the arrest, the British High Commission in a statement on May 22 said, ‘We are in contact with the family of a Bangladesh-British man who was reportedly detained in July 2016 and we are liaising with the local authorities.’ The statement, however, stated that ‘We cannot discuss individual consular cases.’
Suraiya, a physician, filed a general diary with Banani police station alleging that Yasin was abducted by the law enforcers on July 14, 2016.
Tehzeeb had reportedly gone missing on May 17, 2016, when he was waiting inside Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on his return from Bangkok in the evening.
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