Detectives arrested Shahidul Alam at his Dhanmondi residence on August 5
Amnesty International has responded to the denial of bail for renowned Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam by demanding that he be released immediately and unconditionally.
In a press release on Tuesday, the organization’s South Asia Campaigner, Saad Hammadi, stated: “The decision to deny Shahidul Alam, who is an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience, bail, is a cruel affront to justice.
“He should never have been detained in the first place, since all he did was peacefully exercise his right to freedom of expression. Now, he is being subjected to prolonged detention for no justifiable reason whatsoever.”
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Hammadi continued saying that the case risks tarnishing Bangladesh’s reputation globally.
“There has been a widespread outcry against the appalling treatment of this much-loved photographer. He must be released immediately and unconditionally.”
Earlier on Tuesday, a Dhaka court rejected the bail petition filed by renowned photographer Shahidul Alam in an ICT Act case.
On September 5, the High Court ordered the authorities concerned to provide Shahidul Alam with first division facilities in jail.
Earlier, on August 5, Shahidul Alam was picked up from his residence. He was subsequently arrested on charges of using electronic media to instigate disorder in the country—and spreading fabricated information and rumours via social media, on August 6.
Shahidul was sent to jail on August 12.