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Ex-Sonagazi OC Moazzem denied HC bail

  • Published at 02:01 pm November 3rd, 2019
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File photo of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, which houses the High Court and the Appellate Division Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The trial court has been asked to dispose of the case within the next 40 working days

The High Court has denied bail to former officer-in-charge (OC) of Sonagazi police station Moazzem Hossain in a case filed under the Digital Security Act.

The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order after hearing a bail petition filed by Moazzem on Sunday.

It also asked the trial court to dispose of the case within the next 40 working days, reports UNB.

On October 16, the High Court set November 3 for passing the order on the bail petition.

The former OC is accused of unlawfully interrogating Nusrat Jahan Rafi, a madrasa student from Feni, and recording it on his mobile phone. 

A video of the incident went viral on social media, prompting lawyer Barrister Syed Sayedul Haque Suman to file a case against the policeman on April 15 under the Digital Security Act.File photo of police official Moazzem Hossain | Dhaka TribuneCharges were framed against Moazzem at the Cyber Tribunal on July 17.

Moazzem had summoned Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa's Principal Sirajuddaula and Nusrat, who accused the teacher of sexually harassing her. The girl’s mother had filed a case over her daughter’s harassment.

The former OC interrogated Nusrat in the absence of her lawyer or any other woman, while using inappropriate language.

Nusrat was later set on fire on April 6 at an exam centre, reportedly by people loyal to Sirajuddaula. She died on April 10 at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

Moazzem was initially withdrawn and later suspended on May 10. A tribunal ordered his arrest on May 27, after investigators found allegations brought against him to be true. He was arrested on June 16 from Dhaka’s Shahbagh.

The next day, the Cyber Tribunal rejected his bail plea and sent him to jail.

On October 24, a tribunal in Feni sentenced 16 people to death for their roles in murdering the madrasa student Nusrat.

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