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Elias Hossain arrested in New York over extortion attempt

Update : 19 Feb 2024, 10:44

New York Police have arrested expatriate Bangladeshi YouTuber Elias Hossain on charges related to threatening and attempting to extort money from a person.

Police said they arrested the controversial former journalist at Staten Island in New York City on Sunday morning following a wanted notice of the 113th Precinct of New York Police Department. He is scheduled to be produced in Queens Criminal Court on Tuesday.

Police did not reveal the name of the person who was allegedly threatened by Elias, but local media in Bangladesh identified him as Jacob Milton in reports from their correspondents in the US.

This comes after Elias posted offensive videos about Milton’s sister Nira Rabbani, a joint convenor of the BNP’s overseas unit of New York State

In a case over the videos, NYPD issued a Desk Appearance Ticket or DAT to Elias after he surrendered on Feb 1.

DAT is a written order that is issued by the police, which requires a person to appear in criminal court on a specific date and time.

Elias was ordered to appear in the court on Feb 21, but police launched a search operation for him as he continued to post videos with offensive remarks about Nira and Prema.

Police had earlier arrested Elias in November 2022 for behaving roughly with Nira.

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