Verdict in arms case against Papia couple on Oct 12

Court Correspondent | Published: 12:38, Sep 27,2020 | Updated: 00:52, Sep 28,2020


Police take Juba Mahila League leader Shamima Nur Papia to Special Tribunal-1 in Dhaka on August 23, 202o. — New Age photo

The Dhaka Metropolitan Special Tribunal-1 on Sunday set October 12 for delivering the verdict in the arms case against expelled Juba Mahila League leader Shamima Nur Papia and her husband Mofizur Rahman.

Judge KM Imrul Kayes of the court set the date on completion of case summing up arguments from the couple’s lawyers.

The couple’s lawyer Mustafizur Rahman told the court that the prosecution failed to prove the charges against his clients and sought their acquittal.

He argued that the prosecution failed to produce any neutral witness in the case to prove the allegation against his clients.

On September 24, the prosecution completed their case summing up arguments and claimed that they could prove the case beyond any shadow of doubt.

The prosecution sought the highest punishment prescribed in the law for the couple in the case.

During the trial, 12 prosecution witnesses were examined in the court.

The duo was indicted on August 23.

A team of Rapid Action Battalion arrested Papia and her husband -- a former Chhatra League leader -- and their two accomplices from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on February 22 when they were trying to leave the country.

The following morning, RAB raided the house of Papia at Indira Road in capital’s Farmgate area and recovered a foreign pistol, two magazines, 20 bullets, five bottles of foreign liquor, Tk 58, 41,000 cash, credit and debit cards of different banks.

An arms case was filed against the couple with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police station on February 24.

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