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Arrest warrant issued for plaintiff, victim in Shahadat case

The case against Bangladesh national cricketer Shahadat Hossain and his wife has received a new boost as a Dhaka tribunal on Tuesday issued arrest warrants against the victim and the plaintiff of the case filed against the celebrity couple over the torture of their underage (11-year-old) house help.

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A Women and Child Repression Prevention Tribunal issued a warrant on Tuesday and set August 17 as the next date to record witness deposition. The warrants for the arrest of plaintiff Khandaker Mozammel Haque and victim Mahfuza Akter Happy were issued by Tanzina Islam, judge of Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-5.

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Quoting public prosecutor of the tribunal Ali Asgar Shwapan, the tribunal issued the warrants as Mozammel and Happy did not appear before it for 4-5 times to give testimony. Shahadat and his wife Nitya were present at the tribunal. The court framed charges against them on February 22.

Shahadat was temporarily suspended by the BCB in September 2015 after the Dhaka police registered a case against him and his wife on charges of assaulting their housemaid under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act. They were arrested on October 5, but were later granted bail in December. BCB lifted Shahadat’s ban partially to play in domestic matches in May and the pacer made his return to competitive cricket in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPL) 2015/16.

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcricteam.com

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