Indictment hearing against Papiya couple Nov 30...

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Indictment hearing against Papiya couple Nov 30

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 03:31 PM, 8 November 2021   Updated: 08:55 PM, 8 November 2021

Shamima Nur Papiya and her husband Mofizur Rahman Sumon; File Photo

Shamima Nur Papiya and her husband Mofizur Rahman Sumon; File Photo

A court today has fixed November 30 for an indictment hearing against Shamima Nur Papiya and her husband Mofizur Rahman Sumon in a case filed by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) alleging illegal acquisition of assets worth Tk 6,24,18,000. 

Dhaka’s Special Judge’s Court-3 Judge Mohammad Ali Hossain fixed the new date for the hearing on Monday.

On the day, the case was scheduled to be heard, however, the defendants sought time for a charge framing hearing. The court then granted their petition and fixed a new date for the hearing.

Accused Papiya and her husband Sumon were produced in the court on October 6, the court later took cognizance of the chargesheet filed by the ACC in their presence.  

On August 4, 2020, Shaheen Ara Momtaz, deputy director of the ACC’s Dhaka integrated district office-1, filed a lawsuit, accusing the Papiya couple. After the investigation, she submitted the report. Later, the ACC approved the chargesheet against the Papiya couple on February 11.   

According to the lawsuit, from October 12, 2019, to February 22 this year, Papiya paid a total of Tk 3,23,24,761 to Westin hotel for using 25 rooms, including night-stay, restaurant food, liquor, spa, laundry, mini bar food, mini bar. While staying at the Westin hotel, she shopped for around Tk 40 lakh - where Papiya could not show any valid source of that money.

Besides these, the ACC’s investigation did not find any valid source on Tk 30 lakh for house rent, Tk 1 crore invested in the car business and Tk 20 lakh invested in KMC Car Wash Solution in Narsingdi, Tk 30,52,958 deposited in various banks in Papiya and Mofizur’s name in the five years from April 2015 to April 2020.

RAB, on the other hand, recovered Tk 58.41 lakh and a Honda CVA 2012 model car worth Tk 22 lakh in Sumon’s name - however, the ACC’s investigation also could not find any valid source of that assets.

Noted that the court sentenced Shamima Nur Papiya and her husband Mofizur Rahman Sumon to 20 years imprisonment in arms case on October 12 last year after completing the trial in just 9 working days. The formal trial in the case began on August 25 last year with the formation of charges. The court then took the testimony of 12 out of 14 witnesses in the case at different times.

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