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Missing for 3 years, two men set to appear for remand hearing today

  • Published at 10:07 pm May 21st, 2019
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Tehzeeb Karim, left, and Yasin Mohammed Abdus Samad, right File photo

They both were shown arrested near Banani’s Gawsul Azam Mosque in Dhaka and produced before court on Friday, three years after they went missing

Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s (DMP) Detective Branch (DB) will produce two men who went missing in 2016 for a remand hearing today, for their alleged involvement with militancy.

The two men are Yasin Mohammed Abdus Samad, a British national of Bangladeshi origin, and Tehzeeb Karim, the brother of Rajib Karim who was convicted in 2011 for plotting to blow up a plane when working as a computer specialist with British Airways. 

They both were shown arrested near Banani’s Gawsul Azam Mosque in Dhaka and produced before court on Friday, three years after they went missing. 

When contacted, law enforcement declined to comment on the matter but DB made their application to the court to take them into 10-day remand for questioning.  

Sub-Inspector Rakibul Hasan, general record officer at Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM) Court, said the court fixed May 22 forhearing on remand. 

According to court sources, the investigating officer cited Yasin and Tehzeeb as the pioneers of establishingJama'atul Muslemin, an al-Qaeda-based militant organization in Bangladesh. 

Court sources also said Yasin had close contact with Rizwan Harun, who was arrested on January 20 for his direct involvement with the militant outfit Jamat-ul Muslimeen. He is also former owner of the controversial Lakehead Grammar School.

The sources also saidthey used to work under the umbrella of the NGO, Research Centre for Unity Development (RCUD).

“Tehzeeb is an active member of Jama'atul Muslemin (JM). He went to Yemen to meet Anwar al-Awlaki, a key figure in al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, in 2010 and he was imprisoned there for 10 months,” sources said.

Tehzeeb’s brother was found to be a follower of the Yemen-based radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. Police took months to break encrypted messages on his computer. They found he had been in direct contact with Awlaki, who is accused of having links to the attempted bombing of a plane over Detroit during Christmas in 2009 and an attempt last year to explode ink printer bombs on freight planes heading to the US, reports the Guardian. 

Yasin’s family alleged that he was picked up by unidentified men on July 14, 2016, in front of Banani railway station.His mother made a general diary in the Banani Police Station.

His family alleged a man came to them identifying himself as law enforcement and took Tk50,00,000 in exchange for saving him from a “crossfire”. RAB later arrested a person named Haji Alam in connection to the extortion. 

On May 17, 2016 Tehzeeb disappeared from  Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport after returning from Bangkok.