Safat, Sakif give confessional statements over Banani rape case

DHAKA, May 18, 2017 (BSS) - Prime accused in the Banani rape case Safat Ahmed and his accomplice Sadman Sakif gave confessional statements before two separate courts here today.

Metropolitan magistrates Ahsan Habib and Sabbir Yeasir Ahsan Chowdhury, sent the duo, who were arrested from Sylhet on May 11, to jail after recording their confessional statements under Section 164.

In another development, a court here today granted seven days remand for another key accused in the case, Abdul Halim alias Naim Ashraf, who was arrested from Munshiganj on Wednesday night.

Police claimed that Safat and Naim confessed veracity of the Banani rape incident during primary investigation.

The remaining two accused driver Billal and bodyguard Abul Kalam Azad are now being interrogated after putting them on four and three days remand respectively. They were arrested from the city's Banani and Wari areas on Monday.

Earlier on May 6, a case was filed with Banani Police Station against the five arrested persons on charges of raping two girls in a birthday party of Safat after confining them to Raintree Hotel at Banani on March 28.

According to the case details, Safat, the son of Dildar Ahmed, one of the owners of Apan Jewellers, and his friend Naim allegedly raped the two university students while Safat's bodyguard held the girls at gunpoint and driver Billal, 26, videotaped the incident.

Earlier on May 11, the two rape victims gave judicial statements before the court under Section 22 of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act 2000 describing the incident.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)