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Bangladesh arrests top Islamic leader: police

Bangladesh arrests top Islamic leader: police

Author: AFP
Publication: Google News
Date: May 19, 2009
URL: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5izNUZGKg3ODFmlwrQ70er2NVTAFw

Bangladesh has detained a top Islamic party leader for allegedly throwing bombs at a political procession held by the ruling party earlier this month, police said Monday.

Mufti Fazlul Haq Amini, 55, an ex-lawmaker and the leader of the Islamic United Alliance party, was arrested late Sunday along with two associates, local police chief Golam Rahman said.

"He is accused of hurling bombs at a May Day march of the labour wing of the ruling Awami League party this year that left several people injured," he said.

His lawyers have said the case is politically motivated.

Amini's party has been a junior coalition partner to the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led Islamist-allied government that ruled the country between 2001 and 2006.

He is also the head of a large Islamic seminary in Dhaka and is known for his firebrand speeches, some of which last year forced the then army-backed government to backtrack on a policy that would ensure equal rights to women.


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