Bangladeshi authorities have arrested a senior member of soccer’s world governing physique Fifa for allegedly defaming the nation’s prime minister.
Mahfuza Akhter Kiron, a Fifa Council member, was detained after she had stated that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was neglecting soccer.
A defamation declare was then filed by a neighborhood sport official, alleging that the feedback embarrassed all the nation.
On Saturday, Ms Kiron was denied bail and despatched to jail, her lawyer stated.
“We sought bail for her after she was taken to the court docket. However our prayer was rejected,” her lawyer Liakat Hossain stated.
The federal government of Sheikh Hasina has been accused by human rights teams of utilizing robust media legal guidelines to stifle dissent within the nation.
Final August, famend Bangladeshi photographer and activist Shahidul Alam was jailed for “spreading false info” throughout mass demonstrations.
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What did Mahfuz Akhter Kiron say?
Throughout a latest TV discuss present, Ms Kiron stated that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was neglecting soccer within the cricket-mad Bangladesh.
This prompted native sport official Abul Hasan Chowdhury Prince to file a defamation declare.
“Mahfuza instructed the TV present that [the] PM maintains double customary for soccer and cricket. She rewards cricket for private achieve however ignores soccer,” Mr Hasan’s lawyer was quoted as saying by the Related Press.
The defamation declare alleges that such feedback concerning the sports-loving prime minister embarrasses all the nation.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina – who final December secured her third consecutive time period in workplace – has up to now made no public touch upon the difficulty.
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In 2017, Ms Kiron was elected Fifa’s feminine consultant for Asian soccer.
She was quickly dealing with robust criticism for struggling to call the present ladies’s world champions – the US crew.
Requested by BBC World Service who gained the 2015 Ladies’s World Cup, she replied “Korea? Japan?” – solely giving the proper reply on the third try.