Arms case against Papia couple: Court to deliver verdict October 12

A Dhaka court on Sunday fixed October 12 as the date for delivering the verdict in an arms case filed against expelled Juba Mahila League leader Shamima Nur Papia and her husband Mofizur Rahman Suman.

Judge KM Emrul Kayesh of Special Tribunal-1 of Dhaka fixed the date on completion of arguments from the lawyers of both sides.

On September 24, the prosecution completed arguments and sought maximum penalty for Papia and Sumon in the case. Later, the defence lawyer sought their acquittal.

Public prosecutor Abdullah Abu told media that they presented evidence of crimes committed by the accused and hoped the court would award the maximum penalty.

On June 29, investigation officer Arifuzzaman, sub-inspector of Rapid Action Battalion, submitted charge sheet in the case. The charges were framed on August 23.

Twelve people were named as witnesses in the case.

Rab raided two flats belonging to Papia and Sumon on February 23, a day after arresting them at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

Counterfeit notes and foreign currencies of around Tk 2.5 lakh were seized from them.

About Tk 58 lakh was recovered from the two flats on Indira Road in Dhaka and a presidential suite at a five-star hotel in the capital.
Apart from the lavish flats in Dhaka, Papia and Sumon, a former Chhatra League leader, own two more flats and two plots worth around Tk 2 crore in Narsingdi and a number of luxurious cars.

Three cases were filed against them – two at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station under the Arms Act and the Special Powers Acts and another with Airport Police under the Special Powers Act-1974.

On August 4, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed a case against Papia and her husband for embezzling Tk 6.24 crore.