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Bangladesh forms tribunal to try cyber criminals

Published on Feb 7, 2013 8:26 PM

DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh has formed a fast-track court to try cyber criminals after a spike in crimes involving mobile phones and social networking sites such as Facebook, an official said on Thursday.

The move comes four months after major communal violence in which an alleged Facebook posting of a photo defaming the Koran by a Buddhist sent tens of thousands of Muslims on the rampage against the minority community.

Officials said the Cyber Tribunal, the first of its kind in the country, will be empowered to conclude trials within six months.

"This tribunal was needed for the sake of quick and efficient trial of cyber crime cases as they disturb social stability," said Rahman Khan, an assistant director of the government's telecommunications regulatory commission (BTRC).

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