DHAKA -An Islamic militant leader accused of waging a bloody bombing campaign to impose Islamic laws in Bangladesh told a court he ordered the murder of two judges because it was Allah’s will, police said on Tuesday.
“The judges were murdered at the instruction of Allah. We should be rewarded, not punished for following the order of killing judges,” Shaikh Abdur Rahman was quoted as saying by investigating officer Munshi Atiqur Rahman….
At least 28 people, including lawyers, policemen and four suicide bombers, have been killed since last August in the attacks.
“Those who are engaged in man-made courts, especially lawyers, police and judges, will be punished in the court of Allah,” added Rahman, who was appearing in court in the southern town of Jhalokathi on Monday.
“Murder to those who are against Allah’s law,” he was quoted as saying.
The group wanted to overturn the country”s existing secular legal system dating back to the British colonial period and replace it with Islamic law.