A Dhaka court on Tuesday sentenced Mohammad Rabiul Islam alias Arav Khan, a Dubai-based gold dealer, to 10 years rigorous imprisonment in an arms case filed in January 2015.
Judge Murshid Ahmed of Dhaka Metro Special Tribunal-14 passed the order on Tuesday noon in his absence.
In addition to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment, he was sentenced to a fine of 10 thousand taka, in de-fault, he will have to serve another three months’ imprisonment.
Assistant Public Prosecutor (APP) AKM Salahuddin confirmed the matter.
Earlier, on March 28, the court heard the testimonies of 10 of the 20 witnesses. Arav Khan could not claim his innocence as he was absconding.
According to the prosecution, Arav khan was arrested with a bullet-filled revolver from the Moghbazar area as he went to his father-in-law Sekendar Ali’s house to collect money at gunpoint.
On the same day, Sujan Kumar Kundu, the then Sub-Inspector of DB West’s Car Theft Prevention and Rescue Team, filed a case against Arav with Ramna Model Police Station under the Arms Act.
DB Police Sub-Inspector Sheikh Hasan Mohammad Mostafa Sarwar, also the investigating officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet against Arav Khan to the court on March 1, 2015. The tribunal framed charges against him on May 10.
He was granted bail in the case on March 14, 2018. The court issued an arrest warrant against Arav on October 24, 2018 declaring him as “fugitive”.