The trial of the arms case against Regent Group chairman Md Shahed alias Shahed Karim has ended, and court has fixed September 28 for announcing the verdict.
Judge KM Imrul Kayes of Dhaka's Special Tribunal 1 set the date on Sunday, the last working day of the trial.
On that day, lawyers Nazmul Hossain and Moniruzzaman presented some arguments on behalf of Shahed, saying that Shahed was innocent in this case.
On September 18, Dhaka Metropolitan Public Prosecutor Abdullah Abu and Additional Public Prosecutor Tapash Kumar Pal demanded the maximum sentence, life imprisonment, for Shahed in the case.
Testimony in the case ended on September 15. The court heard the testimony of 11 out of 14 witnesses in the case over four working days.
Detective Branch of Police Inspector Mohammad Shairul Islam, the investigating officer in the case, filed the charge sheet at the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court on July 30.
Shahed was arrested from the Debhata border in Satkhira on the morning of July 15. The next day, the court granted a 10-day remand in a case filed on various charges of fraud, including fake reports in the name of Covid-19 tests. The police seized weapons and drugs in a raid in Uttara on the night of July 18. He was later charged under the Arms Act.