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Two sentenced to death for murder of Bangladesh blogger

Two sentenced to death for murder of Bangladesh blogger

A Bangladeshi Muslim hate preacher, Jasim Uddin Rahmani, above, reportedly inspired a murderous attack blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider.

Two students were yesterday sentenced to death for Haider’s killing in in 2013, but mufti Rahmani, leader of the banned Islamist group Ansarullah Bangla Team, escaped with a five year prison sentence and a fine.

Five others, all students, students received jail sentences.

According to prosecutors, the students said that Rahmani incited them to kill Haider in sermons in which he said all atheist bloggers should be killed to protect Islam.

According to this report, the two North South University students who received the death sentences were Faisal bin Nayeem and Redwanul Azad Rana, who was tried in absentia.

The students targeted Rajib “for his blog posts under the nick of Thabababa” and carried out the murder in two separate groups.

Haider

Ahmed Haider

Haider’s father rejected the verdicts, saying all the defendants deserved the death sentence. He said he would consult with his lawyer to decide whether to appeal.

After Haider’s assassination, Bangladesh witnessed five more murders of secular writers including a progressive publisher, all in 2015.

On February 26 2015, Bangladesh-born US blogger and science writer Avijit Roy, 42, was attacked just yards away from a book fair in Dhaka while he died instantly.

A month later fellow blogger Washiqur Rahman, 27, was hacked to death in broad daylight near his home in Dhaka’s Tejgaon area where the people in the neighbourhood chased down two of the killers and handed them to police.

Subsequent victims were Ananta Bijoy Das, 33, a banker and a founder of a group called the Science and Rationalist Council; Niloy Chakrabarti, 40, who wrote online under the pen name Niloy Neel and publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan, 43, who published a bestselling book by Roy.

Many bloggers have gone into hiding, and some have left the country, as concerns have grown about an increasingly bloody divide between secular activists and conservative Islamist groups.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

4 responses to “Two sentenced to death for murder of Bangladesh blogger”

  1. Broga says:

    ” he said all atheist bloggers should be killed to protect Islam.”
    The only way Islam can be protected from atheism is by killing atheists? This is Islam running scared. There is no defence for them from atheism.

  2. Vanity Unfair says:

    Apologies in advance; this does go on a bit.
    Bangladesh is constitutionally a secular state. The extracts that follow are from the amended constitution at http://bdlaws.minlaw.gov.bd/pdf_part.php?id=367
    The constitution guarantees equality of treatment for all religions although there is a possible conflict between Articles 2A and 12(b). Unfortunately, at no point does it mention atheism as being given equal status to religions. Of course, this might have been granted by statute or case law but I have not found it. It can be argued from Article 39. If there is a Bangladesh law expert reading this, please comment.The reported behaviour of the general population shows a willingness to uphold the law in general even at some personal risk. This is always a good sign.

    Constitution
    We, the people of Bangladesh, having proclaimed our independence on the 26th day of March, 1971 and through [ a historic struggle for national liberation], established the independent, sovereign People’s Republic of Bangladesh; 
    [ Pledging that the high ideals of nationalism, socialism, democracy and secularism, which inspired our heroic people to dedicate themselves to, and our brave martyrs to sacrifice their lives in, the national liberation struggle, shall be the fundamental principles of the Constitution;] 

    [ 2A. The state religion of the Republic is Islam, but the State shall ensure equal status and equal right in the practice of the Hindu, Buddhist, Christian and other religions.]

    [ 12. The principle of secularism shall be realised by the elimination of –
    (a) communalism in all its forms ;
    (b) the granting by the State of political status in favour of any religion ;
    (c) the abuse of religion for political purposes ;
    (d) any discrimination against, or persecution of, persons practicing a particular religion.]

    28. (1) The State shall not discriminate against any citizen on grounds only of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth.
    (2) Women shall have equal rights with men in all spheres of the State and of public life.
    (3) No citizen shall, on grounds only of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth be subjected to any disability, liability, restriction or condition with regard to access to any place of public entertainment or resort, or admission to any educational institution.
    (4) Nothing in this article shall prevent the State from making special provision in favour of women or children or for the advancement of any backward section of citizens.

    29. (1) There shall be equality of opportunity for all citizens in respect of employment or office in the service of the Republic.
    (2) No citizen shall, on grounds only of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth, be ineligible for, or discriminated against in respect of, any employment or office in the service of the Republic.
    (3) Nothing in this article shall prevent the State from –

    (b) giving effect to any law which makes provision for reserving appointments relating to any religious or denominational institution to persons of that religion or denomination;

    39. (1) Freedom of thought and conscience is guaranteed.
    (2) Subject to any reasonable restrictions imposed by law in the interests of the security of the State, friendly relations with foreign states, public order, decency or morality, or in relation to contempt of court, defamation or incitement to an offence–
    (a) the right of every citizen to freedom of speech and expression; and
    (b) freedom of the press, 
    are guaranteed.

    41. (1) Subject to law, public order and morality –
    (a) every citizen has the right to profess, practise or propagate any religion;
    (b) every religious community or denomination has the right to establish, maintain and manage its religious institutions.
    (2) No person attending any educational institution shall be required to receive religious instruction, or to take part in or to attend any religious ceremony or worship, if that instruction, ceremony or worship relates to a religion other than his own.

    148. (1) A person elected or appointed to any office mentioned in the Third Schedule shall before entering upon the office make and subscribe an oath or affirmation (in this article referred to as “an oath”) in accordance with that Schedule.

  3. barriejohn says:

    Vanity Unfair: Most enlightening!