Ex-OC Moazzem not produced before court over ‘unavoidable circumstances’ | The Daily Star
03:34 PM, July 10, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:36 PM, July 10, 2019

Ex-OC Moazzem not produced before court over ‘unavoidable circumstances’

A tribunal in Dhaka fixed July 17 for holding charge framing hearing as the prison authorities failed to produce former officer-in-charge of Sonagazi Police Station Moazzem Hossain before it today.

Dhaka Cyber Tribunal Judge Ash Sams Joglul Hossain set the date after Kashimpur jail authorities submitted a custody warrant citing that they could not produce Moazzem before the tribunal due to “unavoidable circumstances”.

However, the tribunal expressed dissatisfaction with defence lawyer Farukh Ahmed as he failed to supply a copy of Nusrat Jahan Rafi's statement recorded by Moazzem.

Moazzem, the accused of a case filed for recording a statement of madrasa student Nusrat, a victim of sexual harassment, and circulating the clip on social media without her consent.

Supreme Court lawyer Syed Sayedul Haque filed the case on April 15 against Moazzem Hossain.

According to the probe report, the former OC himself had recorded the video on camera and later passed the footage to someone else.

The footage showed that Moazzem was asking Nusrat “insulting” questions.

Nusrat, a student of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa in Feni’s Sonagazi upazila, was set ablaze on April 6 allegedly for refusing to withdraw a case filed against the madrasa Principal Siraj Ud Doula for sexually harassing her on March 27.

She died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on April 10. On the same day, the OC was withdrawn as Nusrat’s family alleged that he was not cooperating with them.

The police official was suspended on May 8 over negligence of duty and attached to the office of DIG (Rangpur range).

 

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