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Bangladesh Court Releases FIFA Official on Bail


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Tue, 19 Mar 2019 23:51 GMT

A Bangladeshi court on Tuesday released a member of the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA), for criticising Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, a lawyer for Akhtar Kiron said.

Sheikha Hasina neglects football in a country where cricket is popular.

"The court released my client on bail until April 2, for medical reasons because she is receiving cancer treatment," the lawyer told Reuters on Tuesday.

Hasina's government has recently faced charges of curbing freedom of expression and increasingly adopting repressive tactics. But the government denies freedom of expression to any attack.

If convicted, she may face imprisonment for up to two years. Her arrest has drawn criticism from rights groups, including Amnesty International.

"FIFA is watching with concern the developments of this issue and working closely with the AFC," FIFA said in a statement emailed to Reuters.

"We asked for more details about the status of Ms. reserved and we are currently awaiting information from the Football Association of Bangladesh in this regard."

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