Another arrest warrant for Latif Siddique

Court Correspondent

A metropolitan magistrate court in Dhaka on Thursday issued another arrest warrant on recently fired minister Abdul Latif Siddique in a case filed for hurting religious sentiments, through his remarks against Islam, prophet (SM) and Hajj.
Metropolitan Magistrate Md Yunus Khan issued the warrant as Latif had not appeared before the court in response to an order passed earlier.
The court also asked the police to implement the order by January 14, 2015.
On October 1, Badal Miah, a cattle-hide trader and a resident of Chawkbazar in Mawartek of the capital filed another case against the accused Latif with the court.
Hearing the charges brought against Latif Siddique, the court issued the summon asking him to appear before the court by October 30.
With this, at least four arrest warrants have so far been issued from different courts against Latif Siddique in connection with hurting people’s religious sentiment through his remarks.
Meanwhile, Latif has been sued at least 30 times for his derogatory comments on hajj, Prophet Muhammad (SM), Tabligh Jamaat and prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s son Sajeeb Wazed Joy, during a programme in New
York on September 28.
His disparaging comments sparked off widespread criticism and street protests in Bangladesh and elsewhere, and cost him his job.
In the wake of his insulting comments, Latif was fired from the cabinet on October 12. The Awami League Central Working Committee also expelled him from the party presidium.

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