04/22/2010, 00.00
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Dhaka, police arrest the leader of an outlawed Islamic movement

by William Gomes
Mahiuddin Ahmed, head teacher and coordinator of Hizb ut-Tahrir, is being held in detention under anti-terrorism rules. He was involved in a bomb attack and subversive activities. The group is present in 40 countries and aims at the creation of a caliphate.

Dhaka (AsiaNews) - Security forces in Dhaka arrested Mahiuddin Ahmed, head teacher and coordinator of the Islamist movement Hizb ut-Tahrir, outlawed in Bangladesh. The detention took place on April 20 last, while the man was inside his home in Green Road. He is accused of involvement in a bomb attack and subversive activities.    

Nisarul Arif, deputy police commissioner, confirmed the arrest of Mahiuddin, associate professor at the Institute of Business Administration University of Dhaka, in connection with a bomb attack that occurred in the capital and subversive activities. Security forces have asked for a detention order of seven days to complete investigations. The court has arranged three by applying the domestic law on counter terrorism.    

Mahiuddin Ahmed (pictured), leader of Hizb ut-Tahrir, was in theory under house arrest since October 22 last year, when the government outlawed the Islamic movement in the country. According to investigators, Mahiuddin and his group advocated the fighting of extremist group Jamaat-Shiba and other Islamic organizations banned in Bangladesh and abroad.    

Interior Minister, Sahara Khatun, confirmed that the outlawed group led by Ahmed Mahiuddin conducted long series of activities "against the state, anti-government, against the people and democracy in the country."    

Hizb ut-Tahrir, an international pro-Islamic political movement, aims to unite all Muslim states into a single block, or caliphate, in which Shariah - Islamic law - is applied led by a caliph, a leader of the State elected by all Muslims.

Founded in 1953 in Jerusalem by Taqiuddin al-Nabhan, Hizb ut-Tahrir is present in over 40 countries and boasts a million members. It is very active especially in western countries, particularly Britain, some Arab countries and Central Asia, despite being outlawed by most governments


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