Bangladeshi bloggers indicted on blasphemy charges

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-9-8 20:00:43

Four Bangladeshi bloggers have been indicted by a court in capital Dhaka Sunday on charges of making " derogatory comments about Islam and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)" on social media.

In April this year, police arrested the bloggers, Asif Mohiuddin, Moshiur Rahman Biplob, Subrata Adhikari Shuvo and Russel Parvez, on charge of hurting religious sentiments.

After framing charges, Judge Md Zahirul Haque of the Metropolitan Session Judge's Court on Sunday fixed Nov. 6 to start the trial in two cases against the four bloggers, who are now on bail and already pleaded not guilty and demanded justice.

If convicted, they will face 14 years' rigorous imprisonment and a fine of 10 million taka (about $125,000) in maximum.

Detective Branch of Bangladesh Police in April submitted probe reports against the bloggers, accusing them of hurting religious sentiments.

Since the death of blogger Ahmed Rajib, 35, who along with many others spearheaded Bangladesh's Shahbag Square movement, a series of blog posts described as anti-Islamic have circulated, although their authorship has so far remained unclear.

Blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider was hacked to death near his home in Dhaka on February 15.

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