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Prothom Alo editor gets bail till August 16 in DSA case

The case was filed against Matiur Rahman on charges of spreading false information to damage the state’s reputation

Update : 03 May 2023, 03:17 PM

A Dhaka court on Wednesday granted bail to Prothom Alo Editor and Publisher Matiur Rahman until August 16 in a Digital Security Act case. 

Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Md Asaduzzaman issued the order after Matiur Rahman's attorney submitted a bail application.

Prior to this, the attorney submitted another petition requesting the court's permission to post bail in the case.

After hearing arguments from both sides, the judge permitted the lawyer to submit a Tk20,000 bail bond accompanied by two guarantors. 

The judge also scheduled a full hearing on the bail petition on August 16, which will include the lower court's case record, to decide if Matiur will be granted permanent bail, said Dhaka Metropolitan Additional Public Prosecutor Tapash Kumar Pal.

The High Court previously granted Matiur a six-week anticipatory bail in the case on April 2. 

Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam and Justice Md Aminul Islam delivered the order after Matiur Rahman appeared before the court.

They also instructed Matiur to appear before the Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court within six weeks to request bail in the case.

The DSA case was filed against Matiur Rahman, reporter Samsuzzaman Shams, an unnamed assistant cameraman and others on March 29 at Ramna police station by attorney Abdul Malek Mashiur Malek.

According to the first information report (FIR), Malek alleged that they utilized print, online and electronic media to damage the state's reputation.

The FIR also claimed that the accused intentionally disseminated false information to destabilize law and order. 

The case was filed under sections 25, 31 and 35 of the Digital Security Act. 

Shams had been arrested earlier and subsequently released on bail.

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