Mahmudur Sued for Sedition
Tuesday, 08 June 2010

The government has sued Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman for sedition.

Airport Police Station officer in charge Abu Saleh Mohammad Shamsuddin confirmed that the former energy adviser to the ex-prime minister Khaleda Zia had been charged.

The former head of the Board of Investment was arrested on June 1 in a fraud case filed by the paper's publisher Hashmat Ali Hashu.

Perceived to be a BNP-leaning newspaper, Bengali-language Amar Desh's declaration was subsequently cancelled and it has not been published since.

Deputy police commissioner Nisharul Arif told that the case was filed with the Airport Police Station after the home ministry's green signal.

The case refers to Mahmudur's meeting with various government officials of different levels on Nov 24, 2006 at his business office at Uttara.

It states that the attendees were conspiring against the government ahead of the national elections scheduled for Jan 22, 2007, which were forestalled.

A total of 16 were suspects in the case, including the then director general of the Bangladesh Institute of Administration and Management (BIAM) Shahidul Haque and a former inspector general of police, Abdul Qayum.

Acting editor of the recently closed daily Mahmudur was arrested on June 1 in a fraud case.

He was later shown arrested for two more cases.

Earlier on Monday, two Dhaka magistrates allowed the police to remand him for a total of four days in two cases.


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