Trial against Papia, her husband begins in arms case
Published: 03:18 PM, 23 August 2020
Shamima Noor Papia and her husband Mofizur Rahman alias Sumon Chowdhury
A court has ordered a trial against Shamima Noor Papia and her husband Mofizur Rahman alias Sumon Chowdhury in an arms case filed with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station in the capital.
Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Kayes issued the order after framing the charges against them on Sunday. The court fixed August 31 to start trial of the case.
Papia and Mofizur pleaded not guilty and demanded justice. However, the court rejected their appeal. Earlier on August 16, the court fixed August 23 for framing the charge after accepting the charge sheet filed against them.
On February 22 this year, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested Papia and her husband, along with two of their accomplices, from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka when they were trying to leave the country. Seven passports, 2,12,270, fake notes worth Tk 25,600, $11,481, 420 Sri Lankan rupees, 301 Indian rupees and two debit cards were also recovered from their possession.
The elite force members later raided Papia's 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.