August 31, 2016 - 12:25pm
A Singapore court has jailed two Bangladeshis for financing terrorism after detaining them in April on suspicion of planning attacks in their home country, reports Reuters.
Leakot Ali Mamun, 29, and Daulat Zaman, 34, were the last to be sentenced of six Bangladeshi workers who were charged with contributing money for attacks in Bangladesh.
On Tuesday, the court jailed Mamun, who contributed S$800 ($600) towards financing militant activities, for two and a half years and Zaman, who contributed S$200, for two years.
The two pleaded guilty after earlier denying the charges brought against them under the new Terrorism (Suppression of Financing) Act, according to a Channel NewsAsia report.
Putting Singapore's marginalised migrant-worker community in the spotlight, a court on Jul 12 had sentenced the other four Bangladeshi workers to two and five years’ imprisonment.
They are Mizanur Rahman, 31, a draftsman earning S$1,800 ($1,300) a month, Rubel Miah, 26, Md Jabath Kysar Haje Norul Islam Sowdagar, 31, and Ismail Hawlader Sohel, 29.
Rahman, found to be the ringleader, was sentenced to five years in jail, Sohel two years, while Rubel and Jabath were sentenced to two and half years in prison.
Authorities said the men had contributed from S$60 ($45) to S$1,360 ($1,000) to fund attacks in the name of Islamic State in Bangladesh (ISB).
The sentences were part of the city-state's first ever case of "financing terrorism" and there were no indications the men had planned to carry out attacks in Singapore.
The six men had been detained in April under the country’s Internal Security Act (ISA), which allows suspects to be held for lengthy periods without trial, for planning to topple the Bangladesh government.
Bangladesh, a deeply religious but mostly moderate Muslim-majority country of 160 million people, has faced a series of militant attacks over the past year, the most serious on July 1 when five gunmen stormed an upscale cafe in capital Dhaka and killed 22 people, including 17 foreigners and two police officers.
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