Digital Security Act has been misused: Attorney General tells US Ambassador


Justice Minister Anisul Huq. Star file photo


Justice Minister Anisul Huq

Justice Minister Anisul Huq. Star file photo

The Digital Security Law was formulated to prevent cyber crimes, but it has been misused to some extent, Justice Minister Anisul Huq told the States Ambassador today (April 7, 2022). States in Bangladesh, Peter D Haas.

The minister said this to the ambassador in his secretariat, after Haas paid him a courtesy visit.

“He (the US Ambassador) wanted to discuss the Digital Security Act (DSA). I ​​told him that the law was formulated to prevent cybercrime, not to restrict free speech or the independence of the press,” the minister said.

“However, we have seen that the law has been circumvented to some extent. I explained to him the steps we have taken to this effect after speaking to the Home Secretary,” he added.

He said the government is in talks with the United Nations Human Rights Office and the European Union Consultant to ensure Best Law Practices (DSA).

Anisul said, “I told him that our constitution is different from those of other countries because our constitution has guaranteed press freedom through basic rights.

During the meeting, the Minister of Justice called on the US government to deport Rashed Chowdhury, a fugitive killer of Nation Father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, to Bangladesh.

“I told him (the US Ambassador) that I have a request. Rashed Chowdhury, a convicted murderer of Bangabandhu and his family, has been hiding in the US. He must be returned to Bangladesh “, Anisul Huq told reporters after the Gathering.

The Minister of Justice said: “He (the US Ambassador) said this was a burning issue that should be dealt with quickly.

“He (the US ambassador) doesn’t want a negative impact to negatively impact our relationship on this issue,” the minister said.

We discussed the modality regarding this issue. I won’t divulge much about it now. We have decided to move forward following the modality,” he said.

The justice minister said he discussed a case filed by then-US ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat, which is now pending.

“I told him that the courts and the judiciary (in Bangladesh) are independent. We will ensure that the prosecution service properly fulfills its responsibility,” he said.


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