27 April 2023, Thu

Secretary-General is being re-arrested and harassed repeatedly; Acting Ameer condemns

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami’s Acting Ameer and former lawmaker Professor Mujibur Rahman issued the following statement on 27th April 2023 protesting and condemning the lodging of one-after-one false cases and subsequent harassment against Jamaat-e-Islami’s detained Secretary General and former MP Professor Mia Golam Porwar.

“The government has unjustifiably arrested Professor Mia Golam Porwar and 6 other central leaders on 6th September 2021. They were produced before the court on 7th September and consequently taken into police remand for twice. He secured bail from the High Court on 8th November. The government side made an appeal against that bail order but the court upheld its order by dismissing their plea. But immediate before his release from the jail on 14th February 2022, he was shown arrested in another case and was taken into remand for 3 days. Then again, he was granted bail by the high court on 24th April 2022. The government again plead against that order and the court rejected that appeal. But again he was re-arrested from the jail gate on 30th May 2022. He was shown arrested in a case, filed by the anti-corruption commission. Even in that case, Mr. Porwar secured bail from the high court on 30th March of this year. The government appealed against the order but the chamber judge rejected it once again. Thus by securing bail from the high court consecutive three times, he proceeded to get released from jail on 16th April, during this Ramadan. But again he was shown arrested in another false case. He was produced by the police before the court today. The stateside appealed for a 10-day remand. The court fixed 7th May for the hearing in this regard.

Instead of demonstrating respect to the court, the government is keeping Jamaat’s Secretary General detained in order to attain its ill-political interest. We have no words to condemn such ill efforts. By showing him arrested in connection with new false cases, the authority showed its utter disrespect towards the judiciary. We are condemning such wrong measures of the government. Besides, we are urging the concerned authorities to release all detained leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami including Professor Mia Golam Porwar immediately.