Papia and Sumon claimed their innocence
Published: 12:43 PM, 9 September 2020
Shamima Nur Papia and her husband Mofizur Rahman alias Sumon Chowdhury have demanded justice by claiming their innocence in the court.
They pleaded not guilty in the case filed under the Arms Act in the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Kayes on Wednesday.
Dhaka Metropolitan Public Prosecutor (PP) Abdullah Abu said the judge read out the allegations against them and the testimony of 12 witnesses. Later the judge asked them, are you guilty or innocent? In reply, they claimed their innocence and expected justice from the court. The judge then set September 24 to present the state's arguments.
Arifuzzaman, the investigating officer in the case, submitted the chargesheet to the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) court on June 29. On August 18, the same court accepted the chargesheet against the two accused. On August 23, the same court rejected the plea of the accused and ordered the formation of charges.
Earlier, RAB arrested Papia and her husband Mofizur Rahman Sumon along with two accomplices from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on February 22 while they were leaving the country. Seven passports, Tk 2,12,270, counterfeit notes of Tk 25,600, $11,461, some currencies of Sri Lanka and India and two debit cards were recovered from them.
Later, they raided a flat in Papier's Farmgate and recovered a foreign pistol, two magazines, 20 bullets, five bottles of foreign liquor, Tk 58.41 lakh and credit and debit cards of various banks.
In connection to these incidents, one case was filed under the Arms Act, one under the Special Powers Act and with the Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station another case was filed under another under the Special Powers Act at with Airport police station.