A Dhaka court on Tuesday deferred to October 27 its verdict delivery 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 Mosammat Kamrun Nahar of Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-7 was expected to deliver the verdict on Tuesday but she is currently on sick leave.
“Acting judge Abdullah Al Mamun ordered that the verdict will be delivery on October 27,” said the tribunal Special Public Prosecutor Afroza Farhana.
Earlier on October 3, the tribunal had set October 12 to deliver the judgment after concluding arguments.
On the day, the court also cancelled bail of all the 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 prison.
The court so far recorded 22 of the total 47 prosecution witnesses in the case.
On July 13, 2017, the court started the trial through the framing of charges against the five accused in the case. Police had submitted the charge sheet in the case on June 8, 2017.
Charges were also brought against three other accused—Shafat’s friend Sadman Sakib, bodyguard Rahmat Ali and driver Billal Hossain--for abetting in rape under the same Section of the act.