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Bangladesh: Suspected murderer of atheist writer Avijit Roy arrested

Thursday 5 March 2015, by siawi3


Dhaka, March 3, 2015
Suspect in writer’s murder held in Dhaka

Bangladesh authorities announced they had arrested a radical Islamist on Monday over last week’s machete murder of an atheist American blogger, accusing him of being behind earlier death threats on social media.
A spokesman for the elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) said Farabi Shafiur Rahman had been arrested at a bus station in the capital Dhaka over the gruesome killing of Avijit Roy, describing him as the prime suspect in a crime that triggered international outrage. “He is the main suspect,†RAB spokesman Major Maksudul Alam told AFP.
“He is a fundamentalist blogger,†the spokesman said, adding that according to “primary information†, Farabi had threatened Roy through Twitter and Facebook.
Roy, who earned fame for his blog pieces and for authoring a series of books including the best-selling The Virus of the Faith , was hacked to death with a machete in downtown Dhaka last Thursday.
The RAB paraded Farabi before the press at its headquarters in Dhaka where another RAB spokesman, Mufti Mahmud, described him as a member of the banned pan-Islamist outfit Hizbut Tahrir.
“On different occasions, he exchanged [Roy’s] location, his identity and his family’s photographs with various people,†Mr. Mahmud told reporters.
“He wrote:ource: ,†Mr. Mahmud said.
A source within the RAB, which is mainly tasked with tackling religious militancy in the Muslim-majority nation, said correspondence between Farabi and another person about killing Roy had been discovered. — AFP