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Bangladeshi man sentenced fro altering photos of Hasina, former Indian PM

Press Trust of India  |  Dhaka 

A 35-year-old Bangladeshi man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for circulating photoshopped images of and other politicians including former Indian Singh, amid criticism that her is using to silence dissent.

from was jailed by Mohammad As-on Wednesday.

Monir had been on bail and appeared in court for the verdict, reported.

and -- two others accused in the case started under the the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act -- were acquitted as charges against them were not proved, the report said.

Monir used to run his 'Monir Telecom' shop at Tangail's Nagarpur. He had sent doctored images of Hasina, late and former Indian Singh to of users in 2013, said the verdict.

arrested Alamgir after finding out that he was showing around the vulgur 'photoshopped images' on his phone.

Following his arrest, Alamgir told police he got the images from

Rights groups have criticised the for using the the ICT laws to silence criticism. Critics have lashed out at the for cracking down on free speech and an increasingly authoritarian rule. Some the recent strengthening of defamation laws with a new Digital Security Act (DSA) has spread a climate of fear.

The DSA also penalises obtaining papers, information, or pictures from government offices without official consent.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 14:00 IST