Prothom Alo reporter Shams denied bail, sent to jail

Prothom Alo reporter Shams denied bail, sent to jail

A Dhaka court today sent Prothom Alo reporter Samsuzzaman Shams to jail after denying his bail in a DSA case.

Dhaka's Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Md Tofazzal Hossain passed the order after Shams was produced before the court today, our court correspondent said quoting officials of the court.

Shams was sent to the court by the Ramna Police Station, where a case was filed under the Digital Security Act (DSA) against him was filed yesterday.

Rahman, an unnamed assistant cameraman, and unnamed others were also sued in the DSA case filed with the police station.

Shams was first sued under the DSA in another case filed with the Tejgaon Police Station early yesterday morning, a couple of hours before he was picked up from his home in Savar.

The Prothom Alo reporter was picked up from his home in Savar by law enforcers wearing plainclothes around 4:00am yesterday, triggering widespread criticism.

Journalist organisations and rights bodies condemned the incident and demanded his immediate release.

Shams, aged 37, is the younger brother of the slain Detective Branch assistant commissioner Robiul Karim, who died at the Holey Artisan Bakery during the terrorist attack on July 1, 2016.