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Banani double rape case verdict delayed

Update : 12 Oct 2021, 01:38 PM

The delivery date of the verdict has been delayed in the case filed over the alleged rape of two female university students at an upscale hotel in Dhaka’s Banani area in 2017.

“The judge is on leave. The verdict is not ready. The acting judge, Abdullah Al Mamun, ordered that the verdict delivery date will be fixed later,” Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Special Public Prosecutor Afroza Farhana told Dhaka Tribune on Tuesday.

On October 3, Judge Begum Kamrun Nahar of Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal 7 had set October 12 to deliver the judgment after concluding arguments.

On that day, the court had also cancelled the bail of all the five accused – Shafat Ahmed, Nayeem Ashraf alias Halif, Shadman Sakif, Shafat’s driver Billal Hossain and bodyguard Rahmat Ali – and sent them to prison.

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Shafat is the son of Dildar Ahmed, one of the owners of Apan Jewellers.

Invited to Shafat’s birthday party, the two girls went to The Raintree Dhaka hotel at Banani around 9pm on March 28, 2017. After the rooftop party ended around midnight, Shafat and Nayeem raped the girls in two hotel rooms, according to the case details.

On May 6 that year, one of the two rape survivors filed the case with Banani police accusing five people, with Shafat being the key accused.

Afterwards, law enforcers arrested the five from Dhaka and Sylhet. Later, Shafat, Nayeem, Sakif and Billal gave confessional statements in court.

Police submitted the charge sheet against the five on June 8, 2017.

Also Read- Verdict in Banani double rape case on October 12

Of the five, Shafat and Nayeem were indicted by a court for rape and the rest for aiding and abetting the crime under Section 9 (1) of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act.

On July 13, 2017, the court started the trial after the framing of charges against the five.

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