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Bangladesh newspaper editor indicted

Monday, 28 April 2014 - 8:05pm IST | Agency: PTI

An editor of a prominent Bangladeshi newspaper was today indicted by a court for failing to submit his asset details to the country's anti-corruption watchdog.

Mahmudur Rahman, Acting Editor of Amar Desh, was indicted after he failed to submit his wealth statement to the Anti-Corruption Commission. Dhaka's Third Special Judges Court posted the matter for May 28 for hearing after the indictment. Rahman was asked to submit the statement by April 19 last year. But he repeatedly failed to comply.

ACC filed the case on June 13, 2013, two days after he was arrested on charges of sedition and incitement of religious tension.

In 2013, he was accused by the governing Awami League of using his newspaper to encourage political demonstrations against a war crimes tribunal set up by the government to examine abuses allegedly committed by people who supported Pakistan during Bangladesh's independence war of 1971. Investigating officer Nur Ahmed pressed charges in the court on July 15.

Rahman, who appeared in the court during the hearing, claimed that the charges were part of a "purely a political agenda." 

At the dock, Mahmudur Rahman said he had been framed in a "false" case for publishing a report in the pro-opposition Amar Desh about the alleged corruption involving rime Minister Sheikh Hasina's son Sazeeb Wazed Joy and energy adviser Tawfiq-E-Elahi. Rahman was appointed energy adviser and investment board chairman during the past BNP-led four-party government.




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