Trouble in Bangladesh

bangladesh%20map.jpg While VoIP services continue to gain traction around the globe, it's easy to forget that in some backward parts of the world, it is still considered a major criminal offense to engage in the VoIP business.

Recently, I was tipped off to one of the latest reports of VoIP perp raids in Bangladesh, thanks to Moshe Maeir of Flat Planet Phone Company.

The report, which Moshe posted to his company's blog, first appeared on the New Nation web site -- and to save you some surfing, I've copied the details of the report below:

RAB busts Tk 2.5 crore VoIP devices
By, Dhaka
Sun, 28 Jan 2007, 09:21:00

The Rapid Action Battalion raided areas in Tongi early Sunday and seized about Tk 2.5 crore of voice over internet protocol devices.

The VoIP devices are used for creating telecommunication networks to make overseas calls. RAB officers arrested Arifur Rahman, 30, Ali, 17, Sayed, 17, and Jahangir Hossain (age unknown).

RAB detective branch's senior assistant director Khondokar Al Moin who led the raid told that his team raided two houses in a shanty near the Tongi College Gate area shortly before 1 am on a tip-off.

The devices were found packed in cartons, he said.
The RAB team initially caught Arifur Rahman and chased down his two assistants Ali and Sayed in the Bonmala rail-crossing slum after the officers interrogated Arif.

The RAB officer said Arif was operating the business for many years with the help of his brother Sharif who lives in Kuwait. A case was filed with Tongi Police Station.

As Moshe says, I thank my lucky stars I don't live in a place like Bangladesh -- a place where I would surely be considered a telecom terrorist for my support and championing of the VoIP industry.
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