Joy denies meeting Israeli politician

Sajeeb Wazed Joy
Photo taken from Sajeeb Wazed's official Facebook page

Sajeeb Wazed Joy, ICT affairs adviser to the prime minister, has denied holding meeting with Israel's Likud Party leader Mendi N Safadi in Washington DC of USA as BBC Bangla reported earlier.

Accusing the Israeli politician of lying, Joy in a Facebook post alleges “that he (Safadi) is willing to lie for the BNP also proves that he is involved in a conspiracy with the BNP.”

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Joy came up with the reaction early today, two days after BBC Bangla in a report cited that in an interview with BBC, Safadi said he had met Joy last year at the latter's office in Washington DC, USA while his meeting with BNP leader Aslam Chowdhury in India was in April this year.

He also said that “credibility” of BBC Bangla “as a news source” has been hurt for broadcasting this “obviously fake interview without verifying facts”.

Aslam Chowdhury
BNP Joint Secretary General Aslam Chowdhury, centre, with Mendi N Safadi, left, a leader of Israeli Likud Party and chief of International Diplomacy and Public Relations, are greeted by a man in New Delhi earlier this month. The BNP leader's meeting with the Israeli politician has drawn strong criticism from his party men. Photo: Facebook page of Mendi N Safadi Center-for International Diplomacy and Public Relations

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Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif yesterday claimed that the news on talks between Joy and Safadi is a drama staged by the BNP.

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After Aslam's meeting with the Israeli politician became public, police arrested the BNP joint secretary general on May 15 on charges of being involved in the conspiracy to topple the government and on sedition charges.

Police on May 26 filed a sedition case against Aslam for allegedly hatching a conspiracy with Israel's Likud Party and its intelligence agency Mossad to oust the government.

Detectives arrested him in the Dhaka on May 5.


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