The verdict in the Rain Tree rape case came at midnight

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The verdict in the case filed against five people, including Safat Ahmed, son of Dildar Ahmed, owner of Apon Jewelers, for allegedly raping two university students at The Rain Tree Hotel in Banani, the capital, will be announced on Tuesday (October 12th).

On October 3, Judge Mosammat Kamrunnahar of the Dhaka Women and Child Abuse Suppression Tribunal-6 set the date for the verdict after presenting arguments of the state and the accused. On the same day, the court ordered to send the five accused on bail to jail.

Apart from Safat Ahmed, the other four accused in the case are Sadman Sakif, son of Mohammad Hossain Johnny, one of the owners of Picasso Restaurant and director of Regnam Group, Naeem Ashraf (Safat’s friend Abdul Halim), Safat’s driver Billal and bodyguard Abul Kalam Azad (Rahmat).

On March 26, 2016, two university students were raped at The Rain Tree Hotel in Banani for calling for a birthday party. About 40 days after the incident, on the evening of May 7, a victim filed a case with the Banani Police Station accusing five people, including Safat Ahmed, son of Dildar Ahmed, the owner of Apon Jewelers.

Later, on June 8 of that year, Ismat Ara Amy, an inspector in the women’s assistance and investigation department of the police, filed a chargesheet against five people, including Safat, in the court of Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Delwar Hossain. 47 people were called as witnesses in the charge sheet. On June 19, the same tribunal accepted the chargesheet against the accused. On July 13 of that year, Judge Shafiul Azam of the Dhaka Women and Child Abuse Suppression Tribunal-2 framed charges against the five accused and ordered their trial.

In the chargesheet, accused Safat Ahmed and Naeem Ashraf alias HM Halim have been charged with rape under Section 9 (1) of the Women and Child Abuse Prevention Act. The other three accused in the case, Sadat Sakif, a friend of Safat Ahmed, bodyguard Rahmat Ali and driver Billal Hossain were also charged under Section 30 of the same Act.

(Dhaka Times / 11 October / JB)


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