Indian Court Denies Bail for Shami Witness

#Shami Witness, aka Mehdi Masroor Biswas, was denied bail today by a Special Terrorism Court in Bangladore. The court also granted police another 6 months to file charges. The request was made a month ago.

Shami Witness, the prolific tweeter and disseminator of ISIS news, with 17,000 followers on Twitter, was arrested in December. Four months later, formal charges have yet to be filed and the court just got around to hearing his application for bail. [More...]

Shami Witness did not recruit for ISIS. He was not a member of ISIS. There's no indication he got his information from any official ISIS source. He was followed by many Western militants, researchers, analysts, journalists and bloggers because of his reputation as being knowledgeable and because (1) his English was very good and (2) he knew who to follow on Twitter to get and tweet out the news faster than most. There's no indication he was paid or compensated by ISIS.

So far, police have publicly pointed to one series of tweets (about the border in Turkey) they found incriminating. If his twitter feed is so encouraging of ISIS, why have they left it up?

Yes, he took ISIS' side in his tweets. But he also disagreed with them at times. Yes, he communicated with some British ISIS fighters and retweeted the accounts of ISIS fighters. Yes he is a propagandist of ISIS views.

But expressing one's support for an unpopular group one isn't a member of and hasn't provided tangible assistance to should not be a crime.

#Free Shami Witness.

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    His tweets were focused on IS (none / 0) (#1)
    by Nankumota on Sun Apr 05, 2015 at 05:06:33 AM EST
    Yep, I also believe, he has nothing to do with ISIS but what put him in barrack is his tweets of Jeehad and quoting #IS in his tweets, check https://twitter.com/shamiwitness, but overall, It just seems, he was just doing that for his followers which he had made for this reason only, but he caught up and he is jail now.

    Let's see what Poor Indian Police and Courts do in the case further.

    The Judgement about Shami (none / 0) (#2)
    by iplt20liveonline on Thu Apr 28, 2016 at 07:29:02 PM EST
    I think the court may bail for this type of things. Let's see what happens next.. ipl live streaming