Acting Ameer condemns re-arrest of Mia Golam Porwar; demands immediate and unconditional release

-Professor Mujibur Rahman

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami’s Acting Ameer and former lawmaker Professor Mujibur Rahman has issued the following statement on 21st June 2023 protesting and condemning the re-arrest of Jamaat Secretary General and former lawmaker Professor Mia Golam Porwar for 4 times.

“Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami’s Secretary General and former MP Professor Mia Golam Porwar was arrested from his house on 6th September 2021. He was produced before the court on 7th September and a plea of 7-day remand was made by the police. The court granted 4-day remand. Then he experienced another remand for two days. Mia Golam Porwar 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, securing bail from the high court for third times, he proceeded to get released from jail on 16th April, during the last Ramadan. But again, he was shown arrested in another false case. He was produced by the police before the court on 27th April. The prosecution appealed for a 10-day remand. The court granted one day remand again.

He finally secured bail from all cases on 29th May. Thus, he got bail in all cases. His bail bond was submitted accordingly on 13th June. But on that very day, the government again made an appeal to show him arrested in a case of 2021 filed with the Paltan police station. And finally, he is being shown arrested in that case today. As such, he has been shown arrested for consecutive 4 times after securing bail from the High Court. We are condemning and protesting the incident.

If the government would have minimum respect towards the existing law and the constitutionally guaranteed basic rights, then they could not harass an academician and former lawmaker like Professor Mia Golam Porwar. He has become the worst victim of political vengeance. His repeated re-arrest substantiates that there is no law and human rights inside the country.

I am urging the government to stop its vindictive and harassing activities and to release Professor Mia Golam Porwar immediately and unconditionally.