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Bangladesh shuts pro-opposition newspaper

Paper published articles criticising Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The Bangladeshi government has shut down Bengali-language newspaper Amar Desh and arrested its editor on fraud and defamation charges.
Police arrested Mahmudur Rahman, a well-known, vocal critic of the state, after breaking through barricades erected by the paper's staff.
Rahman has written articles on human rights abuses and corruption under the rule of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

A few hours before the night raid on the paper's offices, authorities cancelled Amar Desh's publication rights. They said the paper's publisher, Hashmat Ali, had filed a case saying he was no longer responsible for the paper's printing. However, the publisher's family claimed he was being detained by intelligence officials.

Rahman, who was the energy adviser to the previous Khaleda Zia-led alliance, said Ali had been coerced into signing the papers by authorities.