Shahed claims innocence before court

Court Correspondent  | Published: 01:20, Sep 17,2020 | Updated: 14:12, Sep 20,2020


Regent Hospital owner Shahed Karim alias Mohammad Shahed claimed his innocence before the court during trial of arms case and demanded justice.

The COVID-19 scam accused Shahed made the claim while giving his self-defence statement on Wednesday against the statements given by 10 prosecution witnesses before the tribunal earlier.

The tribunal then fixed today (Thursday) for arguments in the case.

Dhaka metropolitan sessions judge KM Imrul Kayesh on Wednesday asked Shahed whether he would like to make self-defence statement.

Then Shahed said that he was innocent in illegal firearms charge and demanded justice from the judge.

Shahed claimed that police did not recover any firearm from him.

Earlier on Tuesday, the court completed testimonies of prosecution witnesses.

The court recorded statements of 11 prosecution witnesses out of 14.

Earlier on August 19, the same tribunal accepted the charge sheet in the arms case. It, later, framed charges against Shahed, accused in over 60 cases, on August 27.

Shahed was arrested on July 15 from Satkhira when he was trying to leave the country on a boat.

He was then taken to 38-day remand in five cases.

Meanwhile on July 19, a team of DB found Shahed’s private car in front of a house in sector-11, in the city’s Uttara Paschim area.

DB seized a pistol and a bullet from the car and later a case under the Arms Act was filed against him.

DB inspector Md Sairul Islam on July 30 submitted the charge sheet to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court of Dhaka, showing 13 people as prosecution witnesses.

The Rapid Action Battalion has been investigating some of the major cases against Shahed, including COVID-19 test scam case.

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