Bangladesh man wishes death for PM Hasina on FB, sentenced

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Dhaka, Jan 5: A lecturer was sentenced to six months in jail by the Bangladesh High Court after he posted on social networking site, Facebook death wishes for Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the country, said a lawyer.

The man, Ruhul Khandakar, was sentenced in absentia as he is currently pursuing his studies in Australia. He posted the comment after filmmaker Tareq Masud died in a road accident last year.

"Tareq Masud died as a result of government giving licence to unqualified drivers. Many die, why does not Sheikh Hasina die?" read the status, according to court officials. The status has been deleted since then, said reports.

In Aug, Khandakar was asked to appear in court and explain his stand on why he posted such a comment, but he failed to appear in front of the court, said Deputy Attorney General Altaf Hossain.

The court, however, directed the university employers to take action against Khandakar after he failed to return to Bangladesh from Australia. [Read MoreMajor events, top news of 2011].

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