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Bangladesh’s Rubel cleared of rape charges

01:45 PM | 21 May, 2015
Bangladesh’s Rubel cleared of rape charges
DHAKA (Web Desk) - A Bangladesh court Wednesday rejected a rape case against World Cup hero Rubel Hossain, after police said there was no evidence against the star cricketer, lawyers said.

Film actress Naznin Akhter Happy made the rape allegation in December last year, having also said the 25-year-old Rubel had reneged on a promise of marriage that he made while they were having an "intimate affair".

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Happy had told media in March that she was withdrawing the claims, one day after Rubel starred in a dramatic victory over England at the World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand. But she later pursued the case.

The 20-year-old filed a legal petition on Sunday against a police conclusion of no evidence of rape, prompting the court's ruling on Wednesday, the latest twist in a saga that has gripped the conservative country.

Rubel's lawyer Moniruzzaman Bhuiyan said the court ruling was based on the fact police found no evidence of semen on items in the cricketer's apartment following the complaint.

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"The items were collected from Rubel's apartment after Happy lodged the complaint."

"A forensic report also found no evidence of rape. So police had recommended that he be acquitted (of any charges)," he told AFP.

The allegation had threatened to scupper Rubel's chances of appearing in the World Cup after he was remanded in custody in January by a Dhaka court.

He was later granted bail on "national interest" grounds, enabling him to play in the competition, where he took eight wickets that turned him into a national hero.

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Happy's lawyer said he would lodge an appeal against the decision.

"It seems the judge was swayed by the stature of the cricketer and not by the merit of the case," Tuhin Hawlader told AFP.

Although victims of alleged rapes are usually entitled to anonymity, police waived reporting restrictions after Happy told the Bangladeshi media that she would drop the allegations if Rubel agreed to marry her.

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Rubel has consistently rejected the allegation of rape or claims that he had offered to marry Happy, instead accusing her of "blackmail".

Happy became a household name for her debut movie "Kichu Asha Bhalobasa" (Some Hopes, Some Loves) which hit cinemas in 2013.

 

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 19 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 18, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro stands at 297 for buying and 299.5 for selling while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 352 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 19 May 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 297 299.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 352
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 747.77 755.77
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.49 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.25 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.96 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Baht THB 7.57 7.72

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