Controversial Islamic preacher Mufti Amir Hamza made a confessional statement before a Dhaka court on Monday in a case filed under the Anti-Terrorism Act.
Metropolitan Magistrate Morshed Al Mamun Bhuiyan recorded the statement after Inspector of the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Kazi Mizanur Rahman, also investigation officer of the case, produced him before the court with a plea to have his statement recorded.Amir Hamza was produced before the court on completion of his five-day remand in the case filed with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station.
After recording his statement under section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, the magistrate sent him to Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj.
Court sources said Amir Hamza confessed that he was involved in misinterpreting religion and spreading extremism through waz mahfils. He said he delivered provocative speeches in the name of waz which are available on YouTube and Facebook.
Md Al Sakib, an operative of banned militant outfit Ansar-al-Islam, was inspired by Hamza’s provocative speeches on social media platforms and planned an attack on the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban on the night of May 5 as per the order of his spiritual leader Ali Hasan Osama.
“But I didn’t directly order the attack on the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban,” said Amir Hamza in the statement.
Two more accused have already given confessional statements saying they had planned an attack on the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban being inspired by Amir Hamza’s provocative speeches.Amir Hamza was arrested from his house at Dabirabhita village in Kushtia on May 24.