A tribunal in Dhaka on Wednesday sentenced a young man to seven-year imprisonment for composing a song mocking the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, and the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the United News of Bangladesh reports. The convict is Tanmoy Mallick, son of Tulshi Mallick of Gorkathi village in Dacope upazila of Khulna district. The court also fined him Tk 10,000, in default, to suffer six months more in rigorous imprisonment. According to the case statement, Tanmoy, owner of a Flexiload shop in Dacope, wrote a satirical song insulting Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and then circulated it through the memory cards of mobile phones on October 26, 2013. Rafiqul Islam Rafique, a resident of the upazila, bought the satirical song for Tk 10 and then played it through a sound amplifier at the local bazaar. Joynal Abedin, sub-inspector of Dacope police station, filed a case against Tanmoy and Rafique under the Information and Communication Technology Act. The district court sent the case to the Cyber Tribunal of Dhaka. Police submitted charge-sheet against them on May 19 this year. After examining the records and 10 witnesses, Cyber Tribunal Judge AKM Samsul Islam handed down the verdict acquitting Rafique as allegation brought against him was not proved.
Source: New Age