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Nusrat murder: Verdict against former OC Moazzem on Nov 28

  • Published at 07:05 pm November 20th, 2019
web-Moazzem Hossain Officer-in-Charge of Sonagazi police station in Feni
File photo of police official Moazzem Hossain Dhaka Tribune

On October 24, a Feni court sentenced 16 people to death in the Nusrat murder case

A Dhaka court has fixed November 28 to deliver judgment in a case filed against Moazzem Hossain, suspended officer-in-charge (OC) of Sonagazi police station, for illegally recording Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s statement and spreading it online.c

Judge Mohammad Ash-Shams Jaglul Hossain of Dhaka Cyber Tribunal (Bangladesh) set the date on Wednesday after hearing the concluding arguments of both sides: prosecution and defence. 

Special Public Prosecutor Md Nazrul Islam Shamim presented his argument on behalf of the state while Counsel Faruk Ahmed stood for the defence.

Twelve prosecution witnesses, including several eyewitnesses, testified before the Cyber Tribunal (Bangladesh).

On November 12, the tribunal recorded the statements of defence witnesses after taking depositions of the prosecution’s witnesses.

At the end of the statements of defense witnesses, the tribunal fixed Wednesday to give a hearing date in the case.

Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) Senior ASP, Rima Sultana, the case investigation officer, submitted her report to the Cyber Tribunal on May 26, stating that they found the allegations brought against the police official to be true.

Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Syed Sayedul Haque Suman filed the case on April 15 with the Cyber Tribunal under section 26, 29, and 31 of the Digital Security Act. 

According to the allegations, the former Sonagazi OC summoned Nusrat when she filed a case against Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa principal Sirajuddaula for sexual harassment.  He illegally recorded and spread her statement online. 

The police official  started quizzing her in his room about the incident and recorded the entire incident in the absence of any lawyer or female police. He was seen scolding her and asking Nusrat indecent questions. Moazzem later posted the video on different social media sites.

On April 6, Nusrat was set on fire by Sirajuddaula’s stooges and she succumbed to her injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on April 10.

On October 24, a Feni court sentenced 16 people to death, in the Nusrat murder case.

Nusrat had accused Sirajuddaula of harassing her sexually on March 27.  Subsequently she was exposed to his extreme vengeance on April 6, when she went to the madrasa to appear for her Alim examinations.

 A group of masked youths, later found to be cronies of the disgraced principal, took Nusrat to the rooftop of the madrasa, tied her down with a scarf, and set her on fire.