Blitz editor jailed for 7 years
Published: 2014-01-09 13:42:09.0 BdST Updated: 2014-01-09 13:42:09.0 BdST
A Dhaka court has sentenced Blitz Editor Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury to seven years to jail in a case over a controversial article.
Metropolitan Sessions Judge Md Johurul Haque issued the order on Thursday.
Shoaib’s brother Sohel Choudhury told bdnews24.com they would move the High Court against the sentence.
The case was filed on Jan 24, 2004 with the Airport Station.
The immigration police had detained Shoaib on Nov 29, 2003 on his way to Israel with a copy of a speech to be presented at a seminar titled ‘Education towards Culture of Peace’.
Later, the Airport Police Station OC Md Abdul Hanif filed the case charging Shoaib with sedition and hurting religious sentiment.
Charges were pressed against him on Jan 9, 2005 and he was indicted on Nov 13, 2006.
The prosecution ended testimony on Oct 27, 2013. A total of 18 people testified in the prosecution.
Shoaib was on bail in the case but was in jail in another case.
He was present during the announcement of the verdict.
The weekly magazine editor said the Dhaka’s Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court had earlier fined him in a case under Passport Act.
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