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2 sedition cases against Priya Saha rejected

  • Published at 06:44 pm July 21st, 2019
Bangladeshi minority leader Priya Saha-US President Donald Trump
Screenshot of a video of Bangladeshi minority leader Priya Saha speaking to US President Donald Trump, which went viral on social media on Friday, July 19, 2019

'A case hearing had taken place on Sunday afternoon where both sedition cases filed against Priya Saha was rejected'

Two sedition cases against Priya Saha, who raised allegations of torture of religious minorities in Bangladesh during a meeting with US President Donald Trump, were rejected within hours after being filed.

Dhaka Bar Association executive committee member Advocate Md Ibrahim Khalil, filed a complainant suit with the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Abu Sufiyan Md Noman, whereas Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Syed Sayedul Haque Suman filed a sedition case against Priya Saha with the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Ziaur Rahman on Sunday morning.

Advocate Md Ibrahim Khalil said, “A case hearing had taken place on Sunday afternoon where both sedition cases filed against Priya Saha was rejected.”

Barrister Syed Sayedul Haque Suman’s lawyer Abu Baker Siddique confirmed the matter. 

Priya Saha, a Bangladeshi national, participated in the Second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom held at the US Department of State in Washington, DC from July 16-18.

A video clip, that later went viral on social media, showed Priya, one of the organizing secretaries of Bangladesh Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad, pleading to Trump to save 18 million people of minority groups in Bangladesh from persecution.

She alleged that 37 million Hindus, Buddhists and Christians had disappeared from the country, persecuted at the hands of fundamentalist Muslims groups, who enjoyed political shelter.

Delegates from 106 countries, including about 40 foreign ministers, took part in the meeting at the invitation of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

On Saturday, a press release issued by the Foreign Ministry termed Priya's allegations as "blatant lies" and said there was an ulterior motive behind Priya's "absolutely false and concocted stories", and they were targeted to malign Bangladesh.

It said that Bangladesh is a beacon of religious freedom and communal harmony, where people of all faiths have been living in peace for ages.