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)

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  • LesterBallard

    Motherfuckers. Pieces of shit.

  • the moother

    Why would they want to chase the smart people out of their country?

  • EmpiricalPierce

    Because intelligence is the worst enemy of superstition.

  • busterggi

    No matter where they are religious majorities aren’t happy unless they feel persecuted.

  • Cattleya1

    Is there any way to get them out of that awful country? If they stay, they will be assassinated before they can ever stand trial.

  • LesterBallard

    And superstition helps keep people in line.

  • onamission5

    Is there a legal fund for them that people can donate to, or any way to help support these four brave individuals in their fight for justice and freedom?

  • cary_w

    This is why I am thankful every day to live in a country that has freedom of speech and separation of church and state written right into our constitution. This makes our petttily little tiffs over coerced pray in public schools and religious monuments on public grounds seem so insignificant, but it also illustrates why they are so, so important.

  • Christian Kemp

    I having a discussion with a friend recently regarding human rights and the UN. My opinion and his is that the UN should expel these dumb countries where you do not have human rights. And/Or put economic sanctions on them, they did it to South Africa during apartheid and that does not exist anymore. Actually South Africa’s constitution is one of the most progressive in the world when penned. Kick the trash and religion to the gutter where they belong.

  • Oswald Carnes

    Fuck the prophet Mahomet and the ignorant goons who worship him.

  • The Other Weirdo

    Lies! With a faith as strong as that, there is no need to… Wait… Umm, never mind.

  • Bitter Lizard

    Atheists need to better communicate that these “trivial” battles over prayer in schools and public religious monuments are about more than what they directly pertain to. Better to fight these battles when they’re still over trivial stuff than to let precedent drift so far into the enemy’s territory that we have to fight for much more basic freedoms.