Expelled Jubo Mohila League leader Papia, aides indicted
A Dhaka court today framed charges against expelled Jubo Mohila League leader Shamima Nur Papia, her husband Mofizur Rahman Sumon, and their aides Sabbir Khondaker and Sheikh Taiyaba Nur in a case filed under the Special Powers Act.
The accused, now behind bars, pleaded not guilty and demanded justice after Judge Fatema Ferdous of Dhaka Metropolitan Special Tribunal-6 read out the charges to them, according to court sources.
The judge also fixed November 21 for starting the trial of the case after dismissing their petitions, seeking discharge from the case.
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested Papia, former Chhatra League leader Sumon and two of their accomplices from Dhaka's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport while they were trying to leave the country on February 22 last year.
Seven passports, Tk 2,12,270, fake notes worth Tk 25,600, US $11,481, 420 Sri Lankan rupees, 301 Indian rupees and two debit cards were seized from their possession.
Rab also raided Papia's Farmgate flats and recovered a foreign pistol, two magazines, 20 bullets, five bottles of foreign liquor, Tk 58,41,000, credit and debit cards of different banks from there.
Following the arrest, this case was filed against the four at the Biman Bandar Police Station under the Special Powers Act on February 23.
Earlier, Papia and her husband were sentenced to 27 years in prison in an arms case on October 12 last year.