2014-01-22 / World News

Jail sentence for attempted Israel trip

A newspaper editor in Bangladesh was sentenced to seven years in prison after being found guilty of trying to travel to Israel.

Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, 48, publisher and editor of the English-language Weekly Blitz, an anti-jihadist tabloid, was found guilty of “harming the country’s interests” through pro-Israel articles and for attempting to board a flight in November 2003 to Bangkok with connections to Israel.

He was planning to attend a conference in Tel Aviv to present a paper on the emergence of Islamic militancy in Bangladesh, according to the French news agency AFP.

Bangladesh, a Muslim-majority country, does not have diplomatic relations with Israel and bans its citizens from traveling to the Jewish state.

Choudhury’s attorney said he would appeal the verdict. (JTA)

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