Bangladeshi filmmaker in KL police custody on human trafficking charges

Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan | Published: 02:05, Dec 27,2017

 
 

Malaysian immigration authorities on Sunday arrested Bangladeshi film director Ananya Mamun at Kuala Lumpur International Airport for his alleged involvement with human trafficking in the cover of holding a cultural show in KL.
The suspect is in the custody of Malaysian police, Bangladesh High Commissioner in KL Md Shahidul Islam told New Age Tuesday.
He said that the high commission was in touch with Malaysian authorities over the issue.
Malaysian online news portal The Sunday Mail’s report on Tuesday alleged that Mamun flew to KL with a 57-member cultural troupe on the pretext of holding cultural show only for trafficking purposes.
High Commissioner Shahidul Islam described the incident as ‘embarrassing’ for Bangladesh.
He said that Malaysian police were interrogating Mamun and his team members under specific laws.
The Sunday Mail posted the news on its portal quoting Malaysian police officials.
Malaysian police detained 19 people including the film director the news portal reported quoting police officer Shaharudin.
According to the report the filmmaker arrived in KL to present a cultural event, ‘Cinematic Bangladeshi Nights’.
The police arrested the filmmaker on the charge of trafficking 57 persons to Malaysia and took all of them to custody for interrogation, said the report.
The arrested troupe members include film director Debasish Biswas, singer Asif Akbar, film actresses Ireen, and Mishti Jannat, actors Nirab and Imon, models and actresses Anika Kabir Shokh and Anisha Habib Bhabna.

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