Forced conversion: Victim's husband released on bail

Muhammad Riyaz Rasheed, the husband of a Pathanamthitta native woman who accused him of forcibly converting her and trying to sell her to Islamic State militants, was released on bail.

Published: 17th April 2018 02:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th April 2018 02:38 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

KOCHI: Muhammad Riyaz Rasheed, the husband of a Pathanamthitta native woman who accused him of forcibly converting her and trying to sell her to Islamic State militants, was released on bail on Monday.

Riyaz executed the bond at the NIA Court here after he was granted bail by the Kerala High Court. Riyaz was arrested by the NIA at the Chennai airport when he arrived from Jeddah via Colombo in February this year. Following the High Court directive, the NIA took over the probe based on a complaint filed by the woman, who is now settled in Gujarat.

Though the NIA Court dismissed his plea earlier, the High Court granted him bail stating the NIA could not prove that he has links with terrorist groups. The HC had granted bail to Riyas on furnishing a bond of `1 lakh and two solvent sureties. Riyas has been asked not to leave the jurisdiction of the Kochi NIA Court for 30 days and to appear before the investigating officer whenever asked for. As per the directive, two Mahe residents stood as surety for him and subsequently, he was released.

The other accused persons in the case are: Nahas Abdulkhader, Green House, Perigadi, Kannur; Muhammed Nazish T K, Safal, Perigadi; Abdul Muhasin K, Aleema Villa, Perigadi, Kannur; Danish Najeeb, RT Nagar, Bangalore; Gazila, Diamond Street, Bangalore; Fawas Jamal, Madhiyadathu House, Peruvaram; Moin Patel, RT Nagar, Bangalore; and Iliyas Mohammed and Siyad of North Paravoor.

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