South Asia

Bangladesh newspaper editor is charged with sedition

Mahmudur Rahman
Image caption Mr Rahman is an ally of opposition leader Khaleda Zia

The acting editor of the recently-closed Amar Desh daily newspaper in Bangladesh has been charged with sedition and terrorism offences.

Mahmudur Rahman denies the charges. He was remanded in custody for eight days.

Last year Mr Rahman's newspaper published an article accusing the son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of financial irregularities.

Amar Desh - which supports the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party - was closed down last week.

The authorities accuse it of publishing posters and publicity material supplied by the banned Islamist group Hizb-ut-Tahrir.

They also say that the paper did not have a license to publish.

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