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Award-winning choreographer Ivan remanded over trafficking case

  • Published at 01:10 pm September 21st, 2020
Choreographer Ivan Shahriar Sohag, who runs two dance academies, was arrested upon information gleaned from suspects arrested earlier over sex trafficking to Dubai    Facebook/Ivan Shahriar Sohag
Choreographer Ivan Shahriar Sohag, who runs two dance academies, was arrested upon information gleaned from suspects arrested earlier over sex trafficking to Dubai Facebook/Ivan Shahriar Sohag

Ivan was sent to jail on September 12 on charges of trafficking girls to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates

National film award-winning choreographer Ivan Shahriar Sohag has been placed on a seven-day remand over a case filed against him for trafficking girls to Dubai.

Metropolitan Magistrate Mahmuda Begum passed the order on Monday after Md Kamruzzaman, sub-inspector of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police and also the investigation officer of the case, produced Ivan before the court seeking a seven day remand for interrogating him over the case.

Opposing the remand, the defence counsel submitted a bail petition as well as a remand rejection prayer before the court for Ivan.

However, the court rejected the bail plea after the hearing.

Ivan was sent to jail on September 12 on charges of trafficking girls to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Earlier, on September 11, CID arrested Ivan from the Niketon area of Dhaka.

CID officials said that they arrested the ringleader and two other members of a human trafficking ring that forced young women into prostitution in Dubai after trafficking them as tourists.

The ringleader was identified as Azam. During interrogation, Azam gave some information on his “cohorts.”

Azam also gave a confessional statement before the court. Ivan’s name came up during the confession, said CID officials.

In Dubai, Azam has four hotels — Hotel Fortune Royal, Fortune Grand Hotel, City Tower Hotel and Fortune Pearl Hotel and Dance Club. The first three of these are four-star standard, said the CID sources.

Azam trafficked in more than 1,000 women in the last eight years, luring them with promises of jobs with payment of up to Tk50,000 per month, the sources said.

CID said that Ivan was part of the sex trafficking racket.

CID filed a case with Lalbagh Police Station on July 2, with Azam Khan and others shown as arrested in the case.

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