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Bangladesh arrests man over Saudi diplomat SMS

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) – Detectives in Bangladesh’s capital have arrested a former Saudi Embassy employee for allegedly threatening the mission’s charge d’affaires.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police official Khandaker Lutful Kabir said Saturday that police arrested 57-year-old A.N.M. Rashid Ahmed late Friday for allegedly sending a threatening SMS to diplomat Sami-Jamiul-Al-Hasan.

Hasan is on leave and received the message in Saudi Arabia.

The police official says Ahmed, a Bangladeshi citizen, was arrested after the embassy complained that he sent a message reading: “You will face death if (you) return to Dhaka.”

The complaint says the embassy fired Ahmed after accusing him of corruption.

The alleged threat comes three months after a Saudi Embassy official was killed by unidentified assailants in Dhaka.

Police say they are investigating that case but there has been no apparent headway.

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