Prosecution seeks maximum penalty for Papia

The prosecution on Thursday sought the highest punishment for Narsingdi’s expelled Jubo Mohila League leader Shamima Nur Papia and her husband Mofizur Rahman Sumon in an arms case.


Public Prosecutor (PP) Abdullah Abu said they presented evidence of crimes committed by the accused and hope the court would award maximum penalty.


Later, the defence lawyer sought their acquittal.


Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Kayes recorded the argument and fixed September 27 for the next hearing.


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.


Source: United News of Bangladesh