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Banani Double Rape Case

Verdict on Oct 12

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 4 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Verdict on Oct 12

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A Dhaka court on Sunday fixed October 12 to deliver its verdict in a case filed over the alleged rape of two university students at Raintree Dhaka hotel in the capital’s Banani area in 2017.

Judge Begum Kamrun Nahar of Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-7 set the date after concluding arguments hearing of both prosecution and defence lawyers in the case.

The court also cancelled bail of five accused -- Ahmed Shafat, his friend Shadman Sakif, Nayeem Ashraf alias Halim, Shafat’s driver Billal and bodyguard Abul Kalam Azad -- and sent them to jail on the day.

The court so far recorded 22 of the total 47 prosecution witnesses in the case, said Public prosecutor Afroza Farhana Orange. On July 13, 2017, the court started the trial through the framing of charges against the five accused in the case.

The two private university students were reportedly raped in the Raintree Dhaka hotel at Banani in the capital in 2017. Later, one of the victims filed the case with Banani police station on May 6, 2017. Police had submitted the charge sheet in the case on June 8, 2017.

According to the charge sheet, Shafat and Shafat’s friend Nayem Ashraf raped the two victims in two rooms in the hotel after the end of a birthday party, to which the victims were invited, on March 28, 2017.

Shafat’s driver Billal filmed the incident and bodyguard Rahmat Ali intimidated the girls not to speak about the incident while Shadman Sakif refrained from informing the rape incident to the hotel authorities and the police.