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12:00 AM, August 10, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:52 AM, August 10, 2020

Case against Papia, husband transferred to new court

The arms case against Jubo Mohila League's expelled leader Shamima Nur Papia and her husband Mofizur Rahman has been transferred to Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court for trial.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate AM Zulfikar Hayat yesterday sent the case to the court for its next course of action, court sources said.

Earlier on June 29, Rab Sub-inspector Arifuzzaman, who is also investigation officer (IO) of the case, submitted charge sheet against the couple to Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court of Dhaka.

In the charge sheet, the IO said 12 people have been made witnesses. The charges brought against the couple were primarily proven, and they should be brought under trial in this connection.

Rab-1 arrested Papia, her husband -- a former Chhatra League leader -- and their two accomplices from Dhaka airport on February 22, while they were trying to leave the country.

They recovered seven passports, counterfeit notes, foreign currencies and two debit cards from their possession.

Rab later raided Papia's flats in Farmgate and recovered a foreign-made pistol, two magazines, 20 bullets, five bottles of foreign-made liquor, Tk 58,41,000 cash, and credit and debit cards of different banks.

Later three cases were filed -- two with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station under arms and special powers acts, and one with Biman Bandar Police Station under special powers act.

On February 24, Papia and her husband were placed on 15-day remand each in three cases after they were produced before two separate Dhaka courts.

Their accomplices – Sabbir Khondaker (29) and Sheikh Taiyaba (22) -- were placed on five-day remand in a case filed with Biman Bandar Police Station.

According to the remand prayers, the IOs said the accused amassed considerable wealth through business of illegal weapons, drugs trade, smuggling, trading of fake currencies, extortion, lobbying and land trade.

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