The editor of the English online tabloid Weekly Blitz, which recently caused a stir in Dominica, has been arrested on fraud charges in Bangladesh.
Media reports quoting Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Deputy Commissioner (Media Wing), Masudur Rahman, said Salah Uddin Shoaib Chowdhury was detained from his house at Uttara in the Bangladeshi capital on Wednesday night.
He was remanded in custody during a court appearance on Thursday.
Deputy Police Commissioner Rahman, told the media in Bangladesh that Chowdhury was arrested in a case pressed by one Mohammad Shajahan, a few days ago, accusing him of embezzling millions of Bangladeshi dollars.
Media reports also indicate that Chowdhury had been arrested at the Shahjalal International Airport in 2003 with foreign passports and that he was charged with spying for the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad.
In November 2011, the Blitz created a stir in Dominica when it published a series of articles accusing Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and senior counsel, Tony Astaphan, of running a rogue regime that has turned Dominica into “the safe haven of criminals and the mafia.”
The articles named “Inside Dominica” alleged that prime minister Skerrit was involved in a number of activities from selling passports to those who do not deserve them, to having ties with Hamas and Hezbollah.
Most of the articles have since been taken down and the Blitz has adopted a different position towards the government in Dominica. In explaining this change, Chowdhury claimed he was “misled” by others on the matter and that the would be conducting his own investigation.
In February 2012, Dominica News Online became the target of the Blitz which claimed that the writers and editor were “crooks,” that the owner was “hiding in the United States” and DNO “was a part of the anti-establishment conspiracy against the Dominica government.”