Bangladesh Seeks Punishment for Facebook Comment


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An Australian professor, who is a native of Bangladesh, posted this message on Facebook:

"Many die, why should not Sheikh Hasina Die?".
Sheikh Hasina pictured above with Wen Jiabao

This move by Khandaker may cost him his life.

The Facebook status update has lead Bangladesh's High Court to seek extradition of the professor from Australia back to Bangladesh where he will face punishment. Bangladesh views this comment as a death wish on their prime minister - not something to be taken lightly.

The comment was made by Ruhul Khandaker who has been living in Australia since 2009, conducting PhD research and lecturing at Jahangirnagar University.

Khandaker does not wish to return to his native country any time soon, and he tells AFP, "If I’m forced to go back to Bangladesh now, my life could be threatened and possibly even get killed".

So what did Khandaker have in mind by this post? Khandaker was allegedly expressing his grief over the death of a famous Bangladeshi filmmaker, Tareq Masud, who was killed in a road accident.

Khandaker seems to think that the accident is the prime minister's fault, who is irresponsible about issuing driver's licenses to unqualified people.

Luckily for Khandaker, Bangladesh does not have an extradition treaty with Australia. Khandaker wishes to remain in Australia where he can continue to do research and not have his, " by a political incident...[when he has] involvement in any type of politics".