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Dhaka, Tuesday   27 October 2020

Prosecution wants life term for Papia couple

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 04:31 PM, 24 September 2020  

Papia with husband Mofizur Rahman Sumon

Papia with husband Mofizur Rahman Sumon

The prosecution in an arms case against expelled Jubo Mohila League leader Shamima Nur Papia and her husband Mofizur Rahman Sumon, in their closing arguments, they pleaded for life imprisonment for the couple in the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Kayes on Thursday.

“We think the prosecution has been able to prove the case against them beyond any reasonable doubt and the court would sentence them life imprisonment,” Dhaka Metropolitan Public Prosecutor (PP) Abdullah Abu said.

After the end of the prosecution arguments, the defence started submitting their arguments for Papia’s husband Mofizur Rahman Sumon and pleaded for acquittal. After that, they started arguing for Papia. At the end of the proceeding, the court adjourned the hearing till Sunday. 

The prosecution on September 8 ended their testimony in the case as they produced total of 12 witnesses on different hearing dates.

Investigation officer (IO) and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Sub-Inspector Arifuzzaman filed chargesheet against the couple in the case on June 29, making 12 people witnesses.

The court on August 23 framed charges in the case.

Earlier on February 22, RAB arrested Papia and her husband, along with two of their accomplices, Sabbir Khandaker and Sheikh Tayyiba, from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport with counterfeit banknotes, foreign currencies and cash.

RAB later raided their two luxurious flats in the capital’s Indira Road area and recovered a foreign-made pistol, two magazines, 20 bullets, five bottles of foreign liquor and Tk 58.41 lakh in cash, among other things.

One case was filed under the Arms Act with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station, one under the Special Powers Act and another under the Special Powers Act with the Airport Police Station.