Sadequee met Shamim Osman in Toronto for conspiracy
Added: (Sun Apr 23 2006)
Pressbox (Press Release) -
When a section of Bangladeshi newspapers are running unnecessary and wild campaign centering the arrest of Bangladesh origin US citizen Ehsanul Islam Sadequee, who was picked up on April 17 from the capital, is in the custody of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), a source in Toronto told Blitz that, Sadequee and his Pakistan born US friend had a number of meetings with absconding God Father of Narayanganj in Bangladesh, Shamim Osman, for conspiring to stage a number of terrorist attacks in various parts in the country. Shamim Osman with many others, now staying in Canada under political asylum are gradually becoming active in having contacts with criminal network with the ulterior motive of destabilizing law and order situation in Bangladesh. Bangladeshi intelligence agencies are already investigation this issue.
Ehsanul Islam Sadequee, the bearded youth, was born in Fairfax, Va, and is a US citizen, although he was home schooled and attended a British school in Bangladesh from 2001 to 2004.
It was already reported in local press that, there were allegations against Sadequee of being involved with Islamist militancy network. A US attorney's office told BBC that there had been a warrant issued through Interpol for arrest of Sadequee and possibly he was extradited based on that warrant. US government attorney confirmed that Sadequee will be produced before the Federal Court in New York for his suspected involvement with Islamist militancy. An FBI special agent would officially press charges against him in the court. According to information, US citizen of Pakistani origin, Syed Haris Ahmed, and Ehsanul Islam Sadequee traveled to Canada to meet with Islamic extremists to discuss 'strategic locations in the United States suitable for a terrorist strike'. The men discussed attacks against oil refineries and military bases and planned to travel to Pakistan to get military training at a terrorist camp, which the authorities said Ahmed then tried to do.
Sadequee is accused of lying about a trip he made in August when he was interviewed at John F Kennedy International Airport as he was about to leave for Bangladesh. When his suitcase was searched at John F Kennedy Airport, agents found a CD-ROM containing encrypted files that FBI has been unable to decode and a map of the Washington area hidden in the lining of the suitcase. One day later, federal agents interviewed Ahmed, who was coming back from a month-long trip to Pakistan, at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. He said he had gone to Toronto with Sadequee. Federal agents found that money for both men's 2005 bus trip from Atlanta to Toronto was withdrawn from Sadequee's account.
US secret service agents had long been searching the US-born Bangladeshi youth Ehsanul Islam Sadequee (19) and finally tracked him down in Dhaka, sources at Bangladesh police said.
"Before picking him up, the Bangladeshi intelligence officials searched Sadequee's bank accounts following queries from the FBI that suspected him a global terror," said a police source. Sadequee's father Sarder Mohammed Sharif also admitted the search for his son's bank account. Western media reported that plainclothes men in Bangladesh picked up Sadequee from Baridhara-DOHS on April 17, and handed him over to the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) of USA for his alleged involvement in terror activities.
"I came to know that my son has already been flown to New York by a special plane," Sadequee's father told Blitz.
Family members of Sadequee claimed that the Bangladesh authorities searched for the bank account of Sadequee and took the bank statement of his (Sadequee's) father Sharif at South East Bank, to make sure if Sadequee�s father was also involved in handling militancy fund. Meanwhile, on condition of anonymity, a senior intelligence officer in Dhaka told Blitz, after the arrest of Sadequee for his alleged involvement with Islamist militancy, family members of him along with his father, are now trying to divert the issue towards different direction by holding press conference and doing other press campaigns. Another source confirms that, Sadequee�s family members have managed a number of local newspapers with handsome amount for running media propaganda in favor of the suspected Islamist militant.
Commenting on Sadequee�s arrest, a senior advocate of Bangladesh Supreme Court Samarendra Nath Goswami told Blitz, Bangladesh is a member of Interpol. If there was warrant of arrest against Ehsanul Islam Sadequee, then definitely it is a responsibility for Bangladesh authorities to help in executing the warrant. In such case, any kind of wild propaganda centering the arrest of this suspected Islamist militant is unfortunate.
Criticizing the propaganda by a section of Bangladesh press against the arrest of Sadequee, advocate Goswami said, the entire world community needs to work in unison is combating rise of Islamist militancy and any form of religious extremism. Thos who are criticizing the Bangladesh government of arresting Sadequee are in other serving the interests of Islamist radicals.