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Bangladesh arrests three atheist bloggers amid pressure

Published on Apr 2, 2013 6:24 PM
 
Bangladeshi police officials pose with three bloggers (centre) during a press conference in Dhaka on April 2, 2013. Bangladesh police arrested the three atheist bloggers for defaming Islam and the prophet Mohammed, police said on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, amid demands from religious fundamentalists for an Internet crackdown. -- PHOTO: AFP

DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh police have arrested three atheist bloggers for defaming Islam and the prophet Mohammed, police said on Tuesday, amid demands from religious fundamentalists for an Internet crackdown.

The arrests of the three, who were paraded in handcuffs at a press conference Tuesday, came after pressure from Islamists who have organised a march to the capital to demand the death penalty for atheist bloggers.

"They have hurt religious feelings of the people by writing against different religions and their prophets and founders including the Prophet Mohammed," deputy commissioner of Dhaka police Molla Nazrul Islam said.

The three could face 10 years in jail if convicted under the country's cyber laws, which outlaw "defaming" a religion, he added.

 
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