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Restaurateur Faria given bail

  • Published at 08:00 pm August 28th, 2018
File photo of Faria Mahjabin in RAB custody Courtesy

The owner of Nerdy Bean Coffee Haus was arrested from her west Dhanmondi home on August 16 in a case filed under the ICT Act

A Dhaka court has granted bail to restaurateur Faria Mahjabin, who was arrested for allegedly spreading rumours on social media and inciting violence during the recent student movement demanding safer roads.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Md Aminul Haque, issued the order on Tuesday after hearing a bail petition filed by her counsel, Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua.

On August 20, she was sent to jail by another court after she reportedly gave a confessional statement under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

The 28-year-old was presented before that court by case investigation officer, Sub-Inspector Majedur Rahman, following the end of a three-day remand in police custody for a case filed under the ICT Act at Hazaribagh police station.

Before that, on August 17, another court had granted police three days to question her.

Faria, who owns Nerdy Bean Coffee Haus at the city’s Jigatola area, was arrested from her home on Haji Afsar Uddin Road in West Dhanmondi on August 16, by the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB).

“Faria had allegedly tried to create disorder by spreading rumours on social media during the student movement demanding safer roads,” RAB 2 Commanding Officer Anwar Uz Zaman had said at the time.

A RAB press release issued the next day also said that Faria confessed during primary interrogation to posting fabricated status updates and audio clips on Facebook.

Faria was later handed over to Hazaribagh police.