Tuesday, July 21, 2009
A Rajshahi court yesterday rejected bail prayer of former BNP minister Aminul Haque in connection with a case for abetting and patronising outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
M Mohsin Ali, father of JMB atrocity victim Monwar Hossain Babu of Chalk Sarkutia, filed the case after his son was killed during the operation by JMB's executed leader Siddikul Islam Bangla Bhai in Bagmara in 2004.
Judge ABM Mahmudul Haque of the Court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Rajshahi, however, granted Aminul bail in the case for misappropriation of corrugated iron sheets from the government relief funds.
Aminul, a key patron of Islamist militant outfit JMB in Rajshahi region in 2004-2005, was hauled before the court during hearing of his bail prayers.
He surrendered on July 7 after staying two and a half years as a fugitive abroad and applying to the government for withdrawing all the 13 cases against him.
In the case filed by Mohsin, some 58 people were accused, but later eight including BNP Organising Secretary Mizanur Rahman Minu were dropped from the charges.
With the killing of Babu on April 1, 2004, Bangla Bhai along with his gangs began their so-called state-sponsored vigilante operations.
Aminul purposely patronised JMB militants abusing the police and administration during the BNP-Jamaat-led alliance rule. He was eventually handed down 31 years and six months of imprisonment in Rajshahi in 2007 in this regard.