Vol. 5 Num 1109 Sat. July 14, 2007  

Sylhet editor acquitted in extortion case
3 other journos jailed

The Speedy Trial Tribunal here on Thursday acquitted editor of a local daily and general secretary of Sylhet Press Club Ahmed Noor in an extortion case. The court gave varying jail terms to three other journalists for extortion.

Magistrate Devjit Sinha delivered the verdict.

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) picked up Sylhet bureau chief of Dhaka based daily Khabar Sajal Das from his office on April 7 and recovered Tk 10,000 from his possession after stone trader Anwar Hossain of Companiganj filed an extortion case against earlier on the day.

Hours later, acting on the statement of Sajal Das, Rab picked up Sylhet correspondent of Dhaka based daily Ajker Kagoj and chief reporter of local daily Jugabhery Apurba Sharma and general secretary of Sylhet Press Club and editor of local daily Protidin Ahmed Noor from their offices.

Police submitted charge sheet against them.

The court after examining witnesses gave five years RI to Sajal Das and another local journalist Abdul Hakim and fined them Tk 10,000 each. Abdul Hakim is absconding, police said.

The court also gave Apurba Sharma two years RI and acquitted Ahmed Noor.