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Prominent Bangladesh editor Shafik Rehman released from jail

Rehman was the third pro-opposition editor to have been arrested by authorities on charges including sedition. Photograph: (Getty)

WION Dhaka, Bangladesh Sep 06, 2016, 10.52 AM (IST)
Shafik Rehman, a prominent Bangladeshi editor, was released from jail today five months after his arrest on charges of conspiring to kill prime minister Sheikh Haseena's son Sajeeb Wazed Joy.

The Supreme court granted him bail last week for three months. Rehman's bail will expire if the police submit a charge sheet against him before three months.

"We're hoping the bail will be extended," Rehman's lawyer M Asaduzzaman told AFP, adding that Rehman's passport had been seized.

The 81-year-old is expected to be admitted to Birdem hospital in Dhaka for treatment since he is suffering from various complications including high blood pressure and diabetes, Rehman's personal assistant told The Daily Star.

"He is very weak. He has been suffering from heart and other ailments," his wife Taleya Rehman told AFP after his release from Kashimpur prison outside Dhaka.

Rehman was arrested in April from his home for plotting to murder the prime minister's son. The police said they had evidence linking him to the plot.

His family and supporters deny the claims.

Rehman was the editor of Jai Jai Din, a Bengali daily. He now edits Mouchake Dhil, a popular monthly magazine. He was the third pro-opposition editor to have been arrested by authorities on charges including sedition.

Attacks against liberal bloggers and journalists in Bangladesh in the past year have sparked concerns about religious extremism in the south Asian country. Authorities last week arrested an award-winning editor of a specialist education website for allegedly defaming an influential ex-schools chief.

(WION with inputs from AFP)
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