The court has framed charges against expatriate Sefatullah alias Sefudar for hurting his religious feelings. As a result, the trial of the case has officially started.
Judge As-Samch Jaglul Hossain of the Dhaka Cyber Tribunal passed the order on Wednesday (January 19th). Though the date for taking evidence in the case has been fixed, the prosecution did not take evidence as witnesses did not come, said the state’s lawyer.
Earlier, on September 30, 2019, an arrest warrant was issued against him by a judge of the same tribunal. On September 10, 2019, the investigating officer of the case, Sub-Inspector of the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit, Perth, filed a report against Sefatullah Sefudar, a celibate accused, under Sections 25, 29 and 31 of the Digital Security Act 2017.
In the report, the investigating officer mentioned that the accused Sefatullah alias Sefuda has uploaded various videos online more than once, which has gone viral. He has hurt religious feelings through these videos. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has made many vulgar remarks and insults against many. Through it, he has created false or intimidating, disclosing information, publishing defamatory information and creating discord among multiple groups. This has led to deterioration of law and order in the country, which is a crime under sections 25, 29 and 31 of the Digital Security Act 2018. Therefore, a report was sent to the court to take necessary action against him.
On April 23, 2019, Dhaka Cyber Tribunal Dhaka Bar lawyer Alim Al Razi (Life) filed the case. The court accepted the plaintiff’s statement and directed the police’s counter-terrorism unit to investigate and submit a report.