Hotel Raintree double rape verdict deferred again
Published: 03:46 PM, 27 October 2021 Updated: 03:46 PM, 27 October 2021
A court in Dhaka today again deferred 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.
The verdict was scheduled to be handed over today, however, the verdict was not being given today as all the judicial proceedings of the Dhaka Lower Court have been postponed due to the death of senior Supreme Court lawyer Abdul Baset Majumder. Besides, no new date has been fixed for the verdict.
Afroza Farhana Ahmed, the state’s lawyer for the tribunal, confirmed the information to the media.
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.