Amar Desh editor Mahmudur held on sedition charge

Police arrested the Daily Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman from his office in the capital’s Karwanbazar on Thursday on charge of sedition.

Officer-in-charge Apurba Hasan of Tejgaon Police Station said a team of Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested Mahmudur from his office at about 9.10am.

He was arrested in a sedition case filed against him and the newspaper’s publisher Hasmat Ali over publishing Skype conversations between former Chairman of International Crimes Tribunal-1 (ICT-1) Justice Mohammed Nizamul Huq and expatriate Bangladeshi legal expert Ahmed Ziauddin, added the OC.

He would be produced before court at noon seeking a 10-day remand, police sources said.

On December 14, 2012, Advocate Saidur Rahman, a prosecutor of the ICTs, filed the case with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court, Dhaka.

Taking the case into cognizance, the court asked the Tejgaon thana officer-in-charge to take legal actions against the accused.

The Criminal Procedure Code has the provision that police have the authority to arrest anyone charged with sedition without any arrest warrant.

The complainant in the case statement termed the activities of the duo seditious through which they violated the Information and Communication Technology Act and damaged the image of the judiciary and state.

Later Justice Nizamul Huq resigned from the post of ICT-1 chairman.

United News of Bangladesh