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Bangladeshi editor Mahfuz Anam faces 79 cases, 175 years in jail after unusual confession

Number of legal claims against him has climbed to 79 cases; 62 Cases for defamation and 17 for sedition

Mahfuz Anam

Maher Sattar  |  Dhaka 

The math alone is a bewildering exercise for Mahfuz Anam, the editor of Bangladesh's most popular English-language newspaper. Since February, the number of legal claims against him has climbed to 79 cases: 62 for defamation and 17 for sedition. If convicted in all of the cases, Anam faces a prison sentence of up to 175 years. In the meantime, he is obliged to crisscross the country to appear at hearings in 50 of the country's 64 judicial districts, and is petitioning the country's high court to consolidate them. In some instances, he said in a recent interview, "I might have ...

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First Published: Tue, March 29 2016. 00:04 IST