Man jailed for mocking Hasina

Dhaka: A 25-year-old Bangladeshi man has beensentenced to seven years in jail for composing a song mockingPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her father Bangabandhu SheikhMujibur Rahman and spreading it via mobile phones.Bangladesh’s newly constituted Cyber Tribunal handed down the sentence to Tonmoy Mollik, who runs a music CD shop inKhulna district, for composing the satirical song onBangabandhu and Hasina.A fine of 10,000 Taka was also imposed on Mollikyesterday.Another co-accused Rafiqul Islam, a customer of Mollickwho played the song using a loud speaker, was aquitted in thecase.Mollick’s business involved copying music from computersto memory cards for money. He composed a parody on Bangabandhuand Hasina and gave it to his customers. The song wascirculated among many people.Tonmoy and Islam were arrested on October 26, 2013.A case under the Information and Communication Technology(ICT) Act was filed against him. The Tribunal was constituted last year under the ICT Actand this was the fourth verdict since its inception, officialssaid.Mollik, however, can file an appeal challenging thesentence before the High Court.Police said nearly 300 cases are now being investigatedunder the ICT Act.A university professor and a former army major amongothers are also being investigated for their “derogatoryposts” on social networking websites against the Bangladesh’spremier.Before the tribunal was set up, a sessions court in Dhakaon June 27, 2013 sentenced former Bangladesh University ofEngineering and Technology teacher Hafizur Rahman Rana toseven years imprisonment under the same law on charge ofpublishing “fake, obscene or defamatory” information in electronic form against Hasina.PTI

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