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Militants threaten to open 'pandora's box'

Detained Bangladeshi militants have threatened to name their benefactors in the Govt and the political arena, if tried by a court.

india Updated: May 10, 2006 11:52 IST

Refusing to be tried by any "human-created" court, detained Bangladeshi militants have threatened to open a "Pandora's box" to implicate their benefactors in the government and the political arena.

Appearing before a court in Jhalakati, chief of the Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Shaikh Abdur Rahman asserted that more killings were needed to establish Allah's laws, BSS news agency reported.

He is among those being tried for killing two assistant judges of the same court last year.

"Killing of more judges and others who do not accept Allah's laws is needed," he told the court, which fixed May 15 to allow the accused to speak about the charges against them.

"None of you will be spared if we break the Pandora's box. Masks will fall and all of you will be exposed," Rahman said, pointing to prosecution witness Munshi Atiqur Rahman, a CID assistant police superintendent investigating the case.

Shaikh, who earlier declined to accept any lawyer for his defence, demanded all concerned to "speak the truth in a decent manner" during the trial.

His deputy, Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai, who too declined the assistance of any lawyer, said he was suffering from blood cancer.

"I want the trial to be held truly following the Allah's laws, otherwise I will divulge everything," he told the court, which completed the recording of the last of the 45 prosecution witnesses.

Extra security cautions were taken on the court premises as members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) escorted the militant kingpins from the prison to the court of additional district and sessions judge Reza Tarik Ahmed.

The top JMB top brass to face trial in person are Rahman, Bangla Bhai, militant commander of the outlawed outfit Ataur Rahman Sunny, regional commanders Abdul Awal, Khalid Saifullah, Iftekhar Hassan Mamun and Sultan Hossain.

Munshi Atiq told the court that the militant leaders met secretly in Dhaka in September 2005 to plot to kill the two judges as part of their violent campaign to disable the judiciary and the government.

First Published: May 10, 2006 11:52 IST