By Kirsten Han
SINGAPORE (AA) – Four Bangladeshi workers detained in Singapore for alleged radical activity and an intention to set up an “Islamic state” in Bangladesh have plead guilty to charges of financing terrorism.
Rahman Mizanur, Miah Rubel, Md Jabath Kysar Haje Norul Islam Sowdagar and Sohel Hawlader Ismail Hawlader plead guilty in court Tuesday, local newspaper The Straits Times reported.
Another two Bangladeshi nationals who were also detained in April, Zzaman Daulat and Mamun Leakot Ali, have denied all charges and will have their first pre-trial conference June 9.
The six were charged last week under the Terrorism (Suppression of Financing) Act -- the first time anyone has been prosecuted under the legislation in Singapore.
They are among eight men who were placed in custody on suspicion of belonging to a clandestine group known as the "Islamic State of Bangladesh", or ISB, Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement issued earlier this month.
They were accused of intending to overthrow the Bangladeshi government and to bring the country under a caliphate as declared by Daesh.
Court documents showed that the men had roles within their group, dealing with issues from finance to security and the media, according to the Times.
Two of the men, Miah and Jabath, were also accused of being in possession of money for terrorist purposes.
The newspaper reported that, in all, the men had contributed between S$60 and S$500 ($43.54 to $362.82) to their cause.
The four will next appear in court June 21 for a sentencing hearing.
The Ministry of Home Affairs had announced earlier this month that there was no sign that Singapore had been selected as a target.
The Terrorism (Suppression of Financing) Act was passed in Singapore in 2002, in the wake of the September 11 attacks in the United States and a foiled alleged plot by the Jemaah Islamiyah militant group in Singapore.