Hotel Raintree double rape: Verdict today
Published: 11:59 AM, 27 October 2021 Updated: 11:59 AM, 27 October 2021
Raintree Hotel; File Photo
The verdict in the case of rape of two students at the Raintree Hotel in the capital’s Banani against five accused including Shafat Ahmed, son of Apan Jewellers owner Dildar Ahmed, is set for today (Wednesday, October 27).
Judge Begum Mosammat Kamrunnahar of the Dhaka Women and Child Abuse Repression Tribunal-7 will pronounce the verdict in the case.
Earlier, the verdict in the case was scheduled for October 12, however, the judge deferred the verdict to October 27 due to illness.
On October 3, the tribunal dismissed the bail petition of the 5 accused and ordered to send them to jail.
At the defense hearing on August 29, five accused, including Safat, pleaded not guilty and prayed for justice.
The other four accused are – Shafat Ahmed’s friend Sadman Sakif, Nayem Ashraf alias HM Halim, Safat’s bodyguard Rahmat Ali and driver Billal Hossain. The accused are all out on bail.
Testimony in the case ended on August 22. The court heard the testimony of 22 out of 47 witnesses in the chargesheet.
It is to be mentioned that a case was filed against five persons with Banani Police Station on May 6, 2017, for allegedly raping the two students of a private university in Dhaka at gunpoint at a “birthday party” on March 28 of that year at the Raintree Hotel in the capital’s Banani.