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Verdict in ICT case against journalist Probir Sikdar Wednesday

  • Published at 04:06 pm September 7th, 2021
File photo of journalist Probir Sikdar Collected

The case was filed following his detention by DB police on August 16, 2015

A Dhaka court will deliver its verdict on Wednesday in the case against journalist Probir Sikdar filed under the Information and Communication Technology Act.

Judge Md Ash-Shams Jaglul Hossein of the Dhaka’s Cyber Tribunal set the date on Tuesday after hearing the closing arguments.

Defence lawyer Aminul Ghani Titto demanded acquittal of his client claiming that the prosecution had failed to prove the charges.

On the other hand, public prosecutor of the tribunal Nazrul Islam Shamim sought maximum punishment for the lone accused.

The court earlier set April 11 to deliver the verdict

Probir Sikdar, 60, editor of a Bangla daily “Bangla 71” and news portal “Uttoradhikar 71 News”, was picked up by plainclothes police on August 16, 2015.

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Hours later, Faridpur Awami League leader Swapan Kumar Paul filed the case with Kotwali police over a Facebook post under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act-2006.

The senior journalist, known for his investigative reports on war criminals, wrote on his Facebook on August 12 that several gangs had been kept ready in Dhaka and Faridpur to teach him a good lesson. 

Two days later, he said that three persons and their supporters would be responsible if anything happened to him.

The three persons were former LGRD minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, business tycoon Moosa bin Shamsher and fugitive war crimes convict Abul Kalam Azad alias Bachchu Razakar.

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His reports on Moosa, also known as Nula Moosa during the war, and Bachchu Razakar were published in the daily Janakantha in 2001 under a series of reports called “Shei Razakar” describing the status of those who collaborated with Pakistani forces in 1971.

Following this, Probir came under attack by unknown miscreants and his leg had to be amputated. He published the report on Musa in his online portal u71news.com on July 17 and shared it on his Facebook profile several times before the arrest.

In July the same year, he went to Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police station to file a general diary seeking security. But, Inspector (Investigation) Sabbir Ahmed refused to take the GD saying that instead, he would deploy a sub-inspector for protection. Three days later, SI Abdul Jalil met Probir at his Indira Road office.

Police pressed charges against the accused on March 15, 2016. The journalist was indicted on August 4 the same year.

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