Bangladesh player ac­quit­ted in maid tor­ture case

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DHAKA: A Bangladesh court yes­ter­day ac­quit­ted crick­eter Sha­ha­dat Hos­sain and his wife on charges of tor­tur­ing an 11-year-old girl whom he em­ployed as a maid, a pros­e­cu­tor said.

Po­lice last year charged the 30-yearold fast bowler and his wife Nritto Sha­ha­dat with as­sault and tor­ture af­ter the young girl was found cry­ing by the road­side with her eyes bruised and swollen. “The cou­ple have been re­leased as the pros­e­cu­tion failed to prove them guilty,” pros­e­cu­tor Ali As­gar from the women and chil­dren re­pres­sion pre­ven­tion tri­bunal told AFP.

The cou­ple pleaded not guilty to the charges which were brought af­ter the girl lodged com­plainst against them.

The crick­eter spent two months in cus­tody af­ter sur­ren­der­ing to po­lice in Oc­to­ber last year, and his wife was ar­rested. Hos­sain was later re­leased on bail, as was his wife. But he re­mained banned from all forms of the game by the Bangladesh Cricket Board dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­leged crim­i­nal of­fence, which drew huge me­dia in­ter­est. In May the au­thor­i­ties al­lowed Hos­sain to play do­mes­tic cricket due to “hu­man­i­tar­ian con­sid­er­a­tions” un­til his case was set­tled, clear­ing the way for his ap­pear­ance in the lu­cra­tive Bangladesh Premier League.

But the fast bowler has not been picked by any BPL side for the cur­rent sea­son. Be­fore his ban Hos­sain played 38 Tests for Bangladesh, bag­ging 72 wick­ets, and 51 one-day in­ter­na­tion­als in which he took 47. “The truth has won,” he said af­ter the ver­dict. Asked whether he hopes to re­turn to the na­tional team, he told AFP: “I still have some­thing to give to my coun­try.”

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