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‘Neo-JMB women’s chief’ freed on bail

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The purported chief of militant group Neo-JMB’s female chapter ‘Homaira’ alias ‘Nabila’ has been freed on bail two months after she was arrested.

Homaira, who police say is called ‘Bat Woman’ in the banned outfit, was released from the Kashimpur Central Jail on Wednesday after a Sessions Judge’s Court in Dhaka granted her bail on Tuesday.

Tapas Paul, one of the public prosecutors of the court, confirmed the news of her release to media.

He said lawyer Manik Ghose and Dhaka Bar Council General Secretary Mizanur Rahman Mamun argued for Homaira at the hearing while Md Farid, an assistant commissioner at police’s prosecution department, opposed her plea before Judge Nurul Amin Biplab.

The Counterterrorism and Transnational Crimes or CTTC unit of the police arrested her in the capital’s Siddeshwari on Apr 5.

Homaira and her husband Tanvir Yasin Karim, who was arrested in November last year, are accused of funding the Aug 15 blast at Hotel Olio in Dhaka’s Panthapath that killed a suspect during raid. 

Tanvir is the owner of Darus Salam Publications and Karim International, which imports books of foreign writers.

He has an outlet in the capital’s Monipuriparha.

Police said Tanvir admitted to his wife’s involvement in terrorism during interrogation.

The law enforcers said they had not arrested Homaira back then with her husband as she was pregnant.

According to court documents, Homaira admitted to her involvement in terror-financing during police grilling but declined to give a confessional statement to the court.

One of her cousins gave a statement as a witness to the court.

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