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Minister: No warrantless arrest under Cyber Security Act except for cognizable offences

  • Maximum 14yrs imprisonment
  • Significant revisions to DSA
Update : 15 Sep 2023, 02:28 PM

Law Minister Advocate Anisul Huq has clarified that the Cyber Security Act does not permit warrantless arrests except for cognizable offenses.

He made this statement during a special extended meeting organized by the South union Awami League of Akhaura upazila in Brahmanbaria on Friday afternoon.

Minister Anisul Huq explained that the Cyber Security Act imposes a maximum imprisonment of 14 years for technical crimes such as hacking or damaging computer systems. However, he emphasized that all clauses in the Digital Security Act that were previously contested by journalists have undergone significant revisions.

Addressing concerns about warrantless arrests, he clarified that only four sections of the Cyber Security Act pertain to cognizable offenses.

Therefore, the law does not permit any law enforcement agency to make warrantless arrests except in cases of cognizable offenses. The minister asserted that the questions and criticisms raised are based on misconceptions about the Cyber Security Act.

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