Amar Desh sued for sedition
A sedition case was filed yesterday against Bangla daily Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman and its publisher Hasmat Ali for running an online conversation between the former chairman of International Crimes Tribunal-1 (ICT) and an international crimes law expert.
Advocate Sahidur Rahman, a prosecutor of the tribunal, lodged the case with Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court of Dhaka, said court sources.
After holding an initial hearing, Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Hasibul Haque directed the officer-in-charge of Tejgaon Police Station to register the case and take legal action against the accused.
As per a provision of the Criminal Procedure Code, police may arrest the accused charged with sedition without any arrest warrant.
The complainant said the activity of the two is seditious and they have violated the information and communication technology act and damaged the image of the judiciary and state (Bangladesh).
Justice Nizamul Huq resigned on Tuesday as the chairman of ICT-1 after the Bangla daily published the conversation between him and Dr Ahmed Ziauddin, an expatriate Bangladeshi.