October 18, 2006, - 8:05 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Almost a month ago, we wrote about Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, the moderate Muslim editor of The Weekly Blitz in Bangladesh.
For daring to plan a trip to Israel, he was imprisoned for 17 months by Bangladesh authorities. Now, he faces additional charges of sedition, a new trial on Thursday, and more jail-time. Our friend, Michael Freund of The Jerusalem Post, sends us his latest installment on Choudhury. He was assaulted and beaten at his offices by a mob, including members of the Bangladeshi government:
A Muslim journalist facing charges of sedition for advocating ties with Israel was recently attacked and beaten by a crowd in Bangladesh that allegedly included leading officials of the country’s ruling party, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, editor of the Weekly Blitz newspaper, an English-language publication based in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, was working in his office on October 5 when nearly 40 people stormed the premises.
The mob beat Choudhury, leaving him with a fractured ankle, and looted cash that was kept in the company safe. Choudhury was briefly hospitalized.
According to a statement appearing on the Web site of the Weekly Blitz, the attackers were led by Helal Khan, international affairs secretary of Jasas, and included Babul Ahmed, Jasas’s secretary-general. Jasas is the cultural wing of the ruling Bangladeshi National Party (BNP).
During the assault, Ahmed is said to have shouted at Choudhury, labeling him an “agent of the Jews.” . . .
No arrests were made, and police refused to allow Choudhury to file charges against his attackers.
As we asked back in September, we ask again:
Sound like a “Religion of Peace” to you? This guy, Choudhury, is a Muslim hero. But predictably, the fake “moderate” Muslims in the U.S. are completely silent about Choudhury’s plight because they aren’t, in fact, moderate at all and support this extremism.
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