Poet and journalist Henry Sawpon, who was arrested under the controversial Digital Security Act, was released on bail on Thursday.
Henry’s lawyer Obaidullah Saju said that his client was released in the afternoon after he got bail from the Barishal Metropolitan Magistrate Court.
Henry was one of the three accused in the case filed over hurting religious sentiment.
Barishal Catholic Church priest Lawrence Lecavallier Gomes filed the case on Tuesday.
Subrata Dey, the general recording officer at the court, said that the bail was granted as the complainant of the case did not wish to oppose it.
The bail was granted till June 30, the day
the court fixed for hearing the case again, said Subrata.
Journalists in Bairshal thronged the jail gate as Henry was released at about 3:30pm and accompanied him to his house.
They also held a discussion in the evening demanding immediate withdrawal of the case.
Two other accused in the case are Alfred Sarkar, 52, and Jewel Sarkar, 40.
After Sawpon’s arrest, human rights organisations, journalists and civil society members issued statements and posted status on Facebook discussing once again
their fear that the DS Act would be repressive and harmful for freedom of expression.
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