Bangladeshi gets jail term over Facebook status

By AFP
Published: January 4, 2012
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Ruhul Khandakar posted a Facebook status wishing for the death of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Ruhul Khandakar posted a Facebook status wishing for the death of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s high court on Wednesday sentenced a university lecturer to six months in jail after he posted a Facebook status wishing for the death of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, a lawyer said.

Ruhul Khandakar, who was sentenced in absentia because he is studying in Australia, posted the comments after the death of Bangladesh’s most famous filmmaker Tareq Masud in a road accident last year.

“Tareq Masud died as a result of government giving licence to unqualified drivers. Many die, why does not Sheikh Hasina die?” the status said, according to court officials.

The status, which Khandakar posted from Australia, has since been deleted.

In August, Khandakar was summoned to appear in court and explain the comments but he repeatedly failed to attend and so was sentenced for contempt, deputy attorney general Altaf Hossain told AFP.

The court directed Khandakar’s university employers to take action against him according to law, which could result in him losing his job.

 

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  • someone
    Jan 4, 2012 - 3:42PM

    Lol. If the same is implemented in Pakistan, 80% of public will be in jail. :D

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  • Farhan
    Jan 4, 2012 - 3:57PM

    Non-sense. This judgement seems to be passed in some military dictator’s rule in any gievn country.

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  • sam
    Jan 4, 2012 - 4:50PM

    dictators wearing gloves of democracy

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  • Mr.President
    Jan 4, 2012 - 5:05PM

    This makes Pakistan more democratic than Bangladesh. There is more freedom of expression in Pakistan (when talking against politicians)

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  • Umair Hassan
    Jan 4, 2012 - 5:20PM

    Is this a joke ?

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  • Bangladeshi
    Jan 4, 2012 - 5:45PM

    S.Hasina runs a cult organization and the country is burning in hell. Her father was a tyrant dictator and she is surpassing her father in dictatorship. Recommend

  • NA
    Jan 4, 2012 - 6:27PM

    At least I have more freedom of speech in Pakistan.

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  • sashayub
    Jan 4, 2012 - 7:15PM

    …why am i not surprised?

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  • from india
    Jan 4, 2012 - 7:44PM

    democracy can never be successful in islamic countries …this is the proof !!

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  • THE
    Jan 4, 2012 - 8:58PM

    They be saying “Democracy is the best revenge” in Bangladesh as well.

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  • Bangladeshi
    Jan 4, 2012 - 9:20PM

    @from india: Democracy was successful in our unfortunate country for 15 long years (1990-2006) until big brother INDIA & US intervened to prop up their puppet cult organization Awamileague via a rigged election in 2008. Stop intervening in muslim states IF your country have to stand up to us in a fair manner. Recommend

  • Jan 4, 2012 - 9:59PM

    democracy is a lieRecommend

  • Hamood
    Jan 4, 2012 - 10:32PM

    Wow! I didn’t realize things were so bad in Bangladesh. In Pakistan, people do this all the time and nobody even thinks about touching them.

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  • Bengali bhai
    Jan 5, 2012 - 9:21AM

    Sad Bangladesi people have lost their freedom. Pakistani people can atleast be proud about one thing and that is their wonderful freedom of speech. Even Indians use Pakistani news media to express them selves as they too do not have freedom of speech.
    Pakistan Zindabad!!

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  • ALAM
    Jan 5, 2012 - 8:09PM

    @from india: what islam can do with this incident? How you are connecting these two completely different issues together? Try to grow some brain in your head dude.

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  • Bangladesh
    Jan 5, 2012 - 8:16PM

    @Bengali bhai: Dude, This is not my words-‘ Pakistan is a failed state now’- everyone says that (except you). At least we are moving forward. We are safe in mosque, we are safe in church, we are safe in Temples. We are not worried about bombing. We are living a better life then you.We are lucky that we are not with you anymore. ….. Bangladesh forever.Recommend

  • Bangladeshi
    Jan 5, 2012 - 11:38PM

    @Bangladesh: Do you think becoming an INDIAN slave is better living? PAK has their own problems and we shouldn’t call them a failed state just because west says so. PAK still have a bigger economy than ours while our GOV is busy appeasing their Indian masters.

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  • Bengali bhai
    Jan 6, 2012 - 11:49AM

    A country is nothing without freedom of speech. Pakistan can be proud of the biggest Human right and that is Freedom of Speech!! Even though Pakistan has suffered a lot at the hands of their enemy doing bomb blasts, target shootings and crimes on humanity . . . .it has shown tremendous resilience and upheld the freedom of speech.
    Just look at India how it has been trying to subdue, muffle and deaden the voices of Kashmiris through military force. Pakistan a young country despite all the hurdles has stood strong on freedom of speech and should be applauded!
    Pakistan zindabad!

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