Thursday, March 01, 2007

Choudhury back in it

Last January the 22nd when Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury's trial for sedition was postponed because no government witnesses turned up, things were starting to look better for him. In addition, under American pressure, the Bangladeshi Government had stated that two more scheduled appearances would go the same way and end the persecution of the journalist. The second was yesterday; it didn't go like that.

Instead, two government witnesses did show and the radical-affiliated judge signed an order forcing the trial to continue and accusing Choudhury of being a “threat to the security of Bangladesh.”
The international pressure continues.
Recently, resolutions condemning Choudhury’s persecution have been passed in the European and Australian Parliaments. A similar resolution in the US Congress recently passed the powerful House Committee on Foreign Affairs without opposition and with open support by the US State Department.

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