Dhaka: A day after the killing of a publisher of secular books in Bangladesh, another publisher on Sunday received threats to his life through SMS.
“You have published many books of atheists, you have sinned. Be prepared for death! Al-Ahrar, UK,” reads the SMS sent to Somoy Prakashan publisher Farid Ahmed, The Daily Star reported.
The threat came a day into the synchronised attacks on publishers of slain secularist writer-blogger Avijit Roy.
Unknown assailants on Saturday hacked to death Faisal Arefin Dipan of Jagriti Prokashani in Shahbagh area here and critically injured Shuddhoswar’s Ahmedur Rashid Tutul and two bloggers, Ranadipam Basu and Tareque Rahim, in Lalmatia area in Dhaka.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party Chairperson Khaleda Zia, convicted in a corruption case, was granted bail on Monday.
BNP leader Zia secured a four-month bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case in which she was handed five years of imprisonment by a Bangladesh court.
“Now, there is no legal bar to let Khaleda walk out of prison on bail,” Bangladesh Daily Star quoted BNP Advocate Sagir Hossain Leon as saying.
Earlier today, a bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim passed the bail order in response to a petition moved by Khaleda before a high court back in February.
Her bail was considered on four grounds, including her health condition.
Further, the high court directed the concerned authority to prepare the paper book of the case within the next four months for hearing the appeal she filed against her conviction in the case.
The high court sentenced Zia’s eldest son and Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and four others for at least 10 years with a fine of 2.10 crore Bangladeshi takas (Tk).
The Anti-Corruption Commission had earlier filed a case in 2008 with Ramna Police Station, accusing six persons including Khaleda and her son Tarique.
Khaleda is a two-time Bangladesh Prime Minister, having ruled from 1991-96 and again from 2001-06.
In a political career spanning almost four decades, Khaleda went to the jail several times but was never convicted. She was detained several times during the anti-Ershad movement between the 1980s and 1990s.
In March 1983, she was made vice-chairperson of BNP after her husband and former Bangladesh President Ziaur was assassinated.
She went on to become the party’s chairperson in 1984, a position which she holds today. May 10, 1984.
Since the last three decades, Bangladeshi politics have been dominated by Zia and current Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.