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Galib may be freed in a few days

Bogra court grants bail in Shahjahanpur jatra bombing case as per an earlier HC order

Spiritual leader of Jama'atul Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB) Dr Asadullah Al Galib may be freed in a few days.

Galib, Arabic teacher at Rajshahi University and also chief of Ahle Hadith, Bangladesh (Ahab), was granted bail by Bogra Session Judge's court in Shahjahanpur theatre (jatra) bombing case in pursuance of an earlier conditional bail by the High Court. Now there is virtually no legal barrier in his release, said his lawyers.

His release would take a few days more as there were two warrants for producing him before courts in under-trial cases, they said adding that recalling warrants are a matter of time.

Out of total nine cases filed against him by the state since his arrest, he was acquitted in one case while final reports were given in five cases, relieving him of charges. He was granted bail by High Court in three other cases.

However, acquitting Galib in Polashbari jatra blast case in Gaibandha, the judge had said, the prosecution failed to prove charges against him.

Final reports in the five cases against Galib were given at the fag wend of BNP-Jamaat coalition government.

The cases include Brac and Grameen Bank office robbery cases in Kotalipara of Gopalganj, Govindaganj of Gaibandha, Ullapara of Shirajganj, Porsha of Naogaon districts and Khejur Ali murder case in Raninagar of Naogaon district.

Among the three cases still under trial in Bogra, Galib was granted bail by High Court in Gabtali blast case before the present caretaker government assumed power.

Six months ago, the High Court ordered Galib's bail in two other cases (one for Shahjahanpur blasts and another filed death of a person in the blast) on condition that trial of the murder case should be completed in three months and that of explosion case in six months.

As the trials could not be held in time, Galib was granted bail following a HC order.

After yesterday's bail, Ahab leaders said Galib was being harassed by the government in false cases.

Galib was arrested in February 2005 from Nawdapara in Rajshahi city after JMB leaders arrested earlier named Galib to be their spiritual leader.

Law enforcers also seized a huge quantity of documents including audio cassettes of Galib's Jihadi speeches during his arrest.

Intelligence agencies were reporting on Galib's underground activities since 1997, but bigwigs in both Awami League and BNP-Jamaat governments protected him. Rajshahi Mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu have a certificate in 2004 that he was not engaged in militancy.

Galib's name came in 2000 when militant organization 'Qital Fee Sabilillah' circulated leaflets terming Ahab to be their ally.

He was blamed for maintaining relations with overseas militants and abetting local militants under cover of Ahab and his AL Markajul Islami Salafia Madrassah.

Intelligence sources said Galib started receiving foreign funds through an Indian Islamist leader named Moulana Abdul Matin Salafi who was expelled from Bangladesh in 1988 for anti-state activities.

In mid 90s, JMB was formed headed by Shayakh Abdur Rahman. With Galib's help, Rahman's JMB militants used facilities of some 700 mosques built across the country by the RIHS.

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