Digital Security Act: Sangram editor released from jail on bail

Editor of Bangla daily the Sangram, Abul Asad, was released from jail today following a bail order from the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in a case filed under the Digital Security Act.

Asad's lawyer Mohammad Shishir Manir told The Daily Star that his client walked out of Kashimpur jail this evening and they talked to each other over mobile phone.

Abdul Asad was arrested on December 13, 2019 in a case filed under the Digital Security Act on charges of "circulating provocative report and sedition", he said.

The High Court on September 23 this year granted bail to Asad following a bail petition filed by him in connection with the case.

The state later moved a petition before the Appellate Division challenging the HC order of bail.

On November 5, the Appellate Division dismissed the state's petition and upheld the HC order of bail, Shishir Manir added.

Police detained Asad last year after a mob vandalised Sangram's office over publishing a report that termed Quader Molla a "martyr".

He was later shown arrested in the case filed by Afzal Hossain, a freedom fighter, with Hatirjheel Police Station.

Quader Molla, former assistant secretary general of Jamaat-e-Islami and known infamously as "the butcher of Mirpur" during the Liberation War in 1971, was hanged in 2013 after being convicted in a case for committing crimes against humanity during the war by the Supreme Court on September 17 that year.

Asad was sent to Kashimpur jail on December 14, 2019.


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