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Ex-Sonagazi OC Moazzem denied bail, sent to jail

  • Published at 05:16 am June 17th, 2019
Moazzem Hossain, former OC of Feni's Sonagazi police station, being handed him over to Feni police officials at Shahbagh police station in Dhaka on Monday, June 17, 2019 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

Moazzem, who had been in hiding since last month, was arrested from Dhaka's Shahbagh area on June 16

A Dhaka Court sent former Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Sonagazi Police Station Moazzem Hossain to jail yesterday after rejecting his petition in a case filed on charges of illegally recording Feni Madrasah student Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s statement on video and spreading it online.

Dhaka Cyber Tribunal Judge As-Shams Joglul Hossain passed the order after police produced him before the court in the case.

The tribunal also scheduled, June 30, as the next hearing date for this case.

Supreme Court lawyer, Barrister Sayed Sayedul Haque Suman, the plaintiff, was also present during the hearing.

Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune, Deputy Commissioner Md Anisur Rahman of Criminal Intelligence and Prosecution said: "The tribunal has denied OC Moazzem's bail appeal and he has been sent to jail."

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Earlier in the morning, Dhaka police along with a team of Feni police took the former Sonagazi OC to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court. Later, he was presented before the Bangladesh Cyber Tribunal around 2pm the same day.

Moazzem, who had been in hiding since last month, was arrested from Dhaka's Shahbagh area on June 16.

Why was Moazzem arrested?

The OC is a key accused in the case pertaining to the murder of Nusrat Jahan Rafi, who was set on fire two months ago.

Nusrat went to Sonagazi model police station to file a case against Sonagazi Islamia Fazil (Degree) Madrasa Principal Sirajuddaula, on March 27, for sexually assaulting her the day before.

Moazzem recorded a video of her statement without her consent, asking her offensive and insulting questions. The video then surfaced on various social media platforms. It was reported that Moazzem had put up the video.

Eighteen-year-old Nusrat, an Alim examinee, was set on fire by Sirajuddaula’s followers on April 6 for refusing to withdraw the rape attempt case her family had filed against him. She died from burn injuries four days later.

On April 10, Moazzem was withdrawn from his post as OC and transferred to the Armed Police Battalion, after Nusrat’s family said he had not been cooperating with them.

On May 15, Supreme Court lawyer Syedul Haque Sumon filed a case against Moazzem under the Digital Security Act.

The Dhaka Cyber Tribunal ordered the OC's arrest on May 27 when the PBI found the allegations against him to be true.

Later, OC Moazzem filed a bail petition with the High Court. Since then, the OC was a fugitive on the run until his arrest on Sunday.

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