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Bangladesh photographer detained during protests gets bail

November 16, 2018

DHAKA: Award-winning Bangladeshi photographer-activist Shahidul Alam was granted bail on Thursday after spending more than 100 days behind bars in a closely watched freedom of speech case. However it was not clear if the 63-year-old would be freed immediately, his lawyers said, as bail orders take time to execute and prosecutors could urgently appeal the decision in a higher court. “We hope his ordeal ends here,” Alam’s lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua told AFP. The photographer had unsuccessfully applied for bail four times since being arrested in August for making what Bangladesh authorities called “false” and “provocative” statements.