Bangladesh police have arrested Arafat Sunny for allegedly breaching strict internet laws after his girlfriend accused him of uploading sensitive photos on social media.
Police raided the home of Sunny, the 30-year-old left-arm spinner, in the Dhaka suburb of Aminbazar after his girlfriend filed a complaint two weeks ago, said Jamaluddin Mir, the local police chief, on Sunday (January 22).
“She said Sunny opened up a fake Facebook account of hers and posted their personal photos, which she found offensive and defamatory,” he said. “We have arrested him and sent him to the court, seeking to take him into custody for five days for questioning.”
If found guilty, Sunny could face up to 14 years in jail or a fine of 10 million taka (US$ 126,340) under the controversial law, which local rights groups argue is being used to crack down on political dissent.
“It seems to be a personal matter. We don’t want to comment now. However, we are observing (the situation),” said Nizamuddin Chowdhury, the Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive.
Sunny has played 16 One-Day Internationals, taking 24 wickets, and ten Twenty20 Internationals, from which he has 12 wickets.
He was suspended from bowling in international cricket during the 2016 World Twenty20 for an illegal bowling action. Since then he has been playing first-class cricket at home for Dhaka Metropolis.
Sunny became the third national team cricketer to be arrested in recent years, after pacemen Rubel Hossain and Shahadat Hossain. Rubel was jailed in 2015 after he was charged in a rape case filed by an actor, who claimed to be his fiancé. She later withdrew the charges. Shahadat, meanwhile, spent nearly two months in custody last year after he and his wife were arrested on charges of torturing an 11-year-old girl they employed as a maid. The two were later acquitted by a court.