Drug case trial against Papia, husband begins...

Dhaka, Tuesday   19 January 2021

Drug case trial against Papia, husband begins

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 01:27 PM, 12 January 2021  

Shamima Nur Papia and her husband Mofizur Rahman Sumon

Shamima Nur Papia and her husband Mofizur Rahman Sumon

A Dhaka court on Tuesday framed charges in a drug case against Shamima Nur Papia and her husband Mofizur Rahman Sumon. With this, the trial on the case began.  

Judge Amirul Islam of Dhaka Special Judge Court-8 passed the order this morning, dismissing pleas of the accused to acquit them from the case. The court also set March 1 for start recording the depositions of the witnesses.  

Earlier, accused Papia and her husband Mofizur Rahman were produced before the court. The state then held a hearing to frame the charges. At that time, the two accused pleaded not guilty and prayed for justice. 

On February 22 last year, Papia, her husband and their two accomplices were arrested from Dhaka's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport when they were trying to leave the country. The members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) recovered seven passports, Tk 2,12,270, fake notes worth Tk 25,600, $11,481, 420 Sri Lankan rupees, 301 Indian rupees, and two debit cards from their possession. 

The elite force also recovered one foreign-made pistol, two magazines, 20 bullets, five bottles of foreign liquor, five passports, three cheque books, some foreign currencies, and 10 bank cards from Papia’s residences.

RAB officials raided two flats and her rented presidential suite at a five-star hotel in Dhaka and seized the items belonging to her and her husband Mofizur.  

Later three cases were filed against them - two under the Arms Act and Narcotics Control Act with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police station, and one for carrying counterfeit currencies with Airport police station.  

The investigation officer filed the charge sheet in the drug case on September 10. 

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