Bangladeshi Atheist Bloggers Indicted; Could Face Up to 14 Years in Prison

A court in Dhaka, Bangladesh has formally indicted four atheist bloggers for their “inflammatory” writing against Islam:

(L-R) Subrata Adhikari Shuvo, Mashiur Rahman Biplob, Russel Parvez and Asif Mohiuddin (via The Daily Star)

Metropolitan Sessions Court Judge Zahurul Haque said he had accepted the charges filed by police in two separate cases, the first to be tried under Bangladesh’s recently amended Information and Communication Technology Act.

The accused — Moshiur Rahman Biplob, Subrata Odhikary Shuvo, Russel Parvez and Asif Mohiuddin — are currently free on bail after spending up to three months in jail.

Asif Mohiuddin, whom I interviewed here, is one of the four bloggers who could now face 7-14 years in prison along with a hefty fine of approximately $125,000. Mohiuddin nearly died in an assassination attempt last year:

Asif Mohiuddin

Asif Mohiuddin soon after being attacked (via Taslima Nasreen)

All four men deny the charges.

(via Homo economicus)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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