POST TIME: 18 July, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Cyber crimes tribunal indicts OC Moazzem

Cyber crimes tribunal indicts OC Moazzem

The Dhaka Cyber Crimes Tribunal yesterday framed charges against Moazzem Hossain, former officer-in-charge (OC) of Sonagazi police station, in connection with a case filed for recording Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s statement on his phone and leaking the video clip on social media.

After rejecting his bail plea, the tribunal fixed July 31 for starting the trial against the former police official in the case. It will start ecording the depositions of witnesses on the same date.

Moazzem, now in jail, pleaded not guilty and demanded justice after Judge Ash Sams Joglul Hossain of Dhaka Cyber Tribunal read out the charges to him.

The tribunal also asked barrister Sayedul Haque Sumon, complainant of the case, to be present on July 31 to narrate the incident. It also dismissed the discharge petition filed by the defence lawyers.

 Later, Sayedul Haque Sumon told reporters that the tribunal framed charges against the former OC at a time when the classmates of Nusrat Jahan Rafi were celebrating their HSC and Alim results, published yesterday across the country.

On June 17, the tribunal sent Moazzem to jail after rescinding his bail plea in the case lodged for recording Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s statement and spreading it online.

Moazzem was arrested from the capital’s Shabagh area on June 16. The tribunal on May 27 issued an arrest warrant against the disgraced cop, a day after the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) submitted its probe report.

PBI senior ASP Rima Sultana, who is also the investigating officer of the case, filed the report at the Bangladesh 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 had filed the case on April 15 with the Bangladesh Cyber Tribunal under Sections 26, 29 and 31 of Digital Security Act (DSA). In the case statement, it has been alleged that the former Sonagazi OC had summoned Nusrat after she filed a case against Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa principal Sirajuddoula for sexual harassment.

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

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

Nusrat had accused Sirajuddoula of harassing her sexually on March 27. On April 6, Nusrat went to the madrasa to appear in the Alim examination. A group of masked youths, later found to be the cronies of the disgraced principal, took her to the roof of the madrasa building and set her on fire after tying her with her own scarf.