OC Moazzem jailed for 8yrs

Court Correspondent | Published: 12:47, Nov 28,2019 | Updated: 00:11, Nov 29,2019


Police take former Sonagazi police station officer-in-charge Moazzem Hossain out of the court after the Dhaka Cyber Tribunal sentenced him to eight-year imprisonment on Thursday on charge of recording and sharing his talks with sexual assault victim Nusrat Jahan at the police station. — Indrajit Kumer Ghosh

The Cyber Tribunal in Dhaka on Thursday Jailed former Sonagazi police station officer-in-charge Moazzem Hossain for eight years with fine of Tk 10 lakh under the Digital Security Act for illegally recording and sharing video clip of Nusrat Jahan Rafi in March.

Moazzem became the first convict under the Digital Security Act.

Nusrat, 18, daughter of AKM Musa of Uttar Charchandia, Sonagazi, Feni was Alim examinee from Sonagazi Senior Fazil Madrassah.

She was sexually harassed by madrassah principal SM Sirajuddoula on March 27 and after her mother filed a case with  Sonagazi police station on the same day.

OC Moazzem illegally summoned Nusrat and  interrogated her in the absence of any female police and her lawyer and made video clip of her statement without her consent using indecent suggestive remarks against her.

The former Sonagazi OC was sentenced five years’ jail under Section 26 of Digital Security Act for illegally collecting and using identity information of Nusrat and three more years under Section 29 of the act for ‘publishing defamatory information of the victim’.

He was fined at the rate of Tk five lakh  under each Section and the court ordered that the total fine amount of Tk 10 lakh  be realised from the convict and be given to the family of the victim.

The court said that both the jail terms would run concurrently, that is Moazzem would serve jail term for five years.

The court found the accused ‘not guilty’ under Section 31 of the law and relieved him of the charge.

Emerging from the court, Nushrat’s brother Rashedul Hasan Raihan said that they felt happy with the verdict.

Nushrat’s uncle Sayed Salim said that her niece died but she taught ‘us all’ how to protest such offence.

The plaintiff of the case, Supreme Court lawyer Syed Sayedul Haque Suman, said that it was the first conviction under the Digital Security Act and that they got justice.

‘This judgment is a signal to officers-in-charge of all  the police stations. None is above the law. Everybody should obey the law,’ he said.

He said that  many OCs treated police stations  as their Zamindary and the they would get away by committing offences in their police stations.

He said that the verdict also sent the signal to such police officers to rectify themselves.

He said that he would decide whether or not he would appeal against giving the OC clean chit  under Section 31, after getting the full judgment.

The former OC’s lawyer Faruque Ahmed said that his client would appeal against the verdicts.

SC lawyer Sayedul lodged the case against Moazzem on April 15.

The Police Bureau of Investigation submitted the charge-sheet against OC Moazzem on May 27 and the Cyber Tribunal accepted the charges and issued the warrant to arrest him.

On June 16, Moazzem was arrested when he was loitering near the Supreme Court. He was indicted on July 17.

His trial ended on November 20.

Moazzem on March 27 summoned Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa’s Principal Sirajuddoula and Nusrat, who accused the principal of sexually harassing her.

Nusrat was set ablaze on April 6 by five assailants, including two female classmates, on orders from principal Siraj after she went to the madrassah examination centre to sit for her examination.

She met with the cruel fate for refusing to withdraw the case against Siraj.

She died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on April 10 while under treatment.

Nusrat’s murder sparked outrage at home and abroad.

Moazzem was initially withdrawn and later suspended on May 10.

The Cyber Tribunal ordered to arrest him on May 27 after investigators found allegations against him to be true.

On October 24, a court in Feni sentenced principal Siraj and 15 others to death for their involvement in murdering Nusrat by setting her afire.

The case of sexual harassment against Principal Siraj is now under trial by a Feni court.  

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