Papia, her husband jailed for 20 years in arms case
A Dhaka court has jailed Shamima Nur Papia, an expelled Jubo Mahila League leader of Narsingdi, and her husband Mofizur Rahman alias Sumon Chowdhury for 20 years in an arms case.
Metropolitan Sessions Judge KM Imrul Kayes passed the order today.
They were sentenced to 20 years in prison for possession of illegal firms and seven more years for possessing bullets.
The couple is facing multiple charges including possession of narcotics and illegal arms.
Earlier on September 24, Dhaka Metropolitan Chief Prosecutor Abu Abdullah presented arguments and demanded life imprisonment of the accused.
On that day, Sumon's lawyer ABM Golam Fattah opposed the argument and demanded the release of his clients.
Papia, Sumon and their two associates were arrested on February 22 from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized passports, foreign currencies and counterfeit notes from their possession.
In raids on Papia's homes in Dhaka and Narsingdi, Rab found a pistol, bullets, five bottles of foreign liquor, cash, bank cards and cheques. The couple was placed on remand twice totaling 30 days in narcotics, arms and special power act cases.