Earlier on 3 October, a Dhaka court set 12 October to deliver its verdict in the case.

Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-7 judge Begum Kamrunnahar was scheduled to hear the case on Tuesday but the court deferred the verdict as she was on leave due to sickness.

On 7 June 2017, investigation officer of the case inspector Ismot Ara submitted a charge sheet to the court against five accused.

On 19 June, the tribunal accepted the charge sheet.

Rape charges were pressed against accused Safat Ahmed and Nayeem Ashraf while charges for assisting in rape was pressed against Safat’s friend Sadman Sakif, Shafat's driver Billal Hossain and bodyguard Rahmat Ali.

On 6 May 2017, one of the two abused girls filed the case with Banani police station against five persons including Shafat and Shadman Sakif.

According to the case statement, Safat and Nayeem raped the plaintiff and her friend on 28 March at The Raintree Dhaka in the capital's Banani area while the three others assisted them.

The victims were acquainted with Safat through Sadman two weeks before the incident and they were tricked in attending a grand programme at the hotel on that day, said the statement.

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