Banani rape: Safat, Shadman remanded

Dhaka,  Tue,  22 August 2017
Published : 12 May 2017, 17:34:08

Banani rape: Safat, Shadman remanded

Banani rape: Safat, Shadman remanded
The police will interrogate key rape suspect Safat Ahmed for six days in remand and his friend Shadman Sakif for five days, reports

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Raihanul Islam passed an order on Friday clearing the way for the police to take them back into their custody.

Police produced Safat and Shadman before the magistrate, seeking a 10-day remand as onlookers crowded the court premises.

Defence lawyer Abdur Rahman Haolader sought bail for the two but his plea was turned down.

Safat, 26, is a son of Dildar Ahmed, an owner of Apan Jewellers, while 24-year-old Sakif is the son of Mohammad Hossain Jony, a co-owner of Picasso Restaurant.

The two were arrested in a house owned by one Bangladeshi expatriate at Sylhet's Pathantula neighbourhood on Thursday night, five days after the filing of the case.

The three other suspects -- Nayem Ashraf, 30, and Safat's driver Billal, 26, and bodyguard, who was not named in the case -- are still at large.

Two Dhaka university students started the case on May 6, more than a month after the alleged sexual assault at Banani's Raintree hotel.

They said they did not file the case earlier because the accused threatened them with dire consequences, including death.

The girls accused Safat and Nayem of confining them to a room and raping them on the night of Mar 28, according to case details.

The two raped the girls at gunpoint while the three others abetted them and filmed the incident, the girls said in the case.

Narrating the incident, one of the university students told that Safat pestered her and her friend to join his birthday party and it was with reluctance that they went to the Banani hotel.

According to her, Safat and his friend Nayem both were getting high on yaba drug every now and then as they raped her and her friend on that night.

Safat’s former wife Faria Mahbub Piasa, a contestant of the NTV’s reality show Super Hero Super Heroine, also claimed that Safat was an addict.

The two tied the knot in 2015 and got divorced on Mar 8 this year, 20 days before the alleged sexual assault.

Safat’s father Dildar claims the ‘act of sex’, if any, was consensual, a claim that the plaintiff has rejected.

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