A Dhaka court on Sunday set September 25 to pronounce its verdict in a case filed under the Arms Act against eight people, including GK Shamim a disgraced government contractor who gained infamy during the 'casino raids' of late 2019.
Third Additional Metropolitan Session Court Judge Sheikh Samidul Islam fixed the date after hearing the arguments in this case.
Assistant Public Prosecutor of the case, Salahuddin Howladar said the court recorded statements of ten of the 19 witnesses named in the case.
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The other seven defendants in this case are all GK Shamim’s bodyguards: Md Zahidul Islam, Md Shahidul Islam, Md Kamal Hossain, Msd Shamsad Hossain, Md Aminul Islam, Md Delwar Hossain, and Md Murad Hossain.
GK Shamim, who was known as an influential contractor of Sabujbagh, Basabo and Motijheel areas of the capital, was arrested on September 20, 2019.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members seized illegal firearms and Fixed Deposit Receipts worth Tk 165 crore, Tk 1.8 crore in cash and foreign currencies from his house and office at Niketan.
The elite force filed three cases – one under narcotics control, one under money-laundering prevention and other under arms acts – against Shamim with Gulshan Police Station on September 21.
In October 2019, Rab filed a charge sheet against the accused in the arms case.
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The official trial proceeding in the case began last February 28, after the court framed charges against the eight accused rejecting an appeal for acquittal.