Fake Covid-19 certificates: Charges framed against Sabrina, 7 others

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Dhaka, Aug 20: A Dhaka court on Thursday framed charges against eight people including JKG Health Care Chairman Dr Sabrina Sharmin Hussain in a case accusing them of issuing fake Covid-19 certificates.

All the accused pleaded not guilty before the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Sorafuzzaman Ansari.

The court fixed August 27 to start the trial proceedings.

Others accused in the case are JKG Healthcare’s CEO and Dr Sabrina’s husband Ariful Haque Chowdhury, Arif’s sister Jebunnesa Rima, his accomplices Sayed Chowdhury, Humayun Kabir and his wife Tanzila Patwari and Shafiqul Islam, Biplob Das and Mamunur Rashid.

On August 5, Md Liakot Ali, an inspector of Detective Branch (DB) and also the investigation officer (IO) of the case, submitted the charge sheet before the court.

According to the charge sheet, JKG Healthcare has provided 27,000 coronavirus reports without following proper test procedures while most of them were found false.

The case was filed against six people, including Ariful, over issuing false Covid-19 test reports.

On June 23, police arrested six people, including Ariful, Humayun Kabir and his wife Tanjina Patwari, from JKG Healthcare office at the Confidence Tower, Gulshan in connection with the case.