Don’t rent out house to terrorists: Bangladesh minister

February 25th, 2009 - 1:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Dhaka, Feb 25 (IANS) Anyone financing or renting out accommodation to people linked with religious militancy or terrorism will be tried for abetment, a Bangladesh minister has said.
“Providing militants with either assistance - be it accommodation or finance - are offences of similar gravity. The landlords are responsible for what their tenants should be doing in their places,” Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said Tuesday.

Facing a grim battle against Islamist militancy and terrorism, Bangladesh is in the process of tightening the law and its administration, while equipping the police and Rapid Action Battalion, an elite paramilitary force.

“Once the Anti-Terrorism Bill is enacted by the parliament as a law, the landlords will need to stand trial in case there occurs any untoward incident, irrespective of any lease agreement or the absence of it,” New Age newspaper quoted the minister as saying.

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