A Dhaka court has framed charges against Jubo Mohila League’s expelled leader Shamima Nur Papia and her husband Mofizur Rahman in an arms case.
Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Kayes ordered framing charges against them, rejecting their petitions seeking acquittal on Sunday (August 23).
The court also set August 31, September 1, 2 and 3 to start taking testimony from the witnesses.
Lawyers for the accused started today’s hearing in the case, seeking their acquittal while the state moved for framing charges against them.
Earlier on August 18, the court fixed today (Sunday) for the hearing on framing charges against the two accused in the arms case.
On June 29, RAB-1 Sub-inspector (SI) Arifuzzaman, also the investigation officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet against them to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court of Dhaka.
The investigation officer cited in the charge sheet that the charges brought against them were primarily proven.
12 people were made witnesses in the charge sheet.
Papia, her husband — a former Chhatra League leader — and their two accomplices were arrested by RAB-1 from Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on February 22 when they were trying to leave the country.
During this time, the elite force members recovered seven passports, Tk2,12,270, fake notes of Tk25,600, USD 11,481, 420 Sri Lankan rupee, 301 Indian rupee and two debit cards from their possession.
RAB later raided Papia’s Farmgate flats and recovered a foreign-made pistol, two magazines, 20 bullets, five bottles of foreign-made liquor, Tk 58,41,000 cash, credit and debit cards of different banks from there.
In this connection, three cases were filed–two with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station under the Arms and the Special Powers Acts while another with Biman Bandar Police Station under the Special Powers Act- 1974.