Roy, a 42-year-old Bangladesh-born US citizen, was hacked to loss of life by Islamist militants simply after he left a ebook honest on the Dhaka College on February 26, 2015
A particular anti-terrorism tribunal on Tuesday sentenced 5 members of a banned Islamist militant group, together with a fugitive military main, to loss of life and a sixth man to life in jail for the killing of outstanding Bangladeshi-American atheist blogger Avijit Roy in 2015.
Roy, a 42-year-old Bangladesh-born US citizen, was hacked to loss of life by Islamist militants simply after he left a ebook honest on the Dhaka College on February 26, 2015. His spouse Rafida Ahmed was additionally injured within the assault.
Roy was an outspoken critic of non secular fundamentalism.
Choose Mojibur Rahman of Dhaka’s Anti-Terrorism Particular Tribunal court docket sentenced 5 militants, together with fugitive military main Sayed Ziaul Haq, to loss of life within the Roy homicide case, bdnews24 reported.
One other convict, Safiur Rahman Farabi, was jailed for all times.
4 of the 5 convicts who acquired capital punishment are Md Mozzammel Hussain alias Saimon alias Shahriar, Md Abu Siddiq Sohel alias Sakib alias Sajid alias Shahab, Md Arafat Rahman and Akram Hossain alias Abir. Moreover sacked Main Haque, Abir can also be on the run.
The choose additionally fined these convicts Tk 50,000 every, in addition to handing capital punishment to them.
Tuesday’s verdict got here practically per week after Choose Rahman on Wednesday sentenced to loss of life eight Islamic militants, together with sacked Main Haque, for killing Roy’s writer Faisal Arefin Dipon.
Dipon, the proprietor of Jagrity Publishers, was hacked to loss of life at his workplace at central Dhaka’s Shahbagh space on November 31, 2015 months after the killing of Roy.
Six of eight convicts belonged to outlawed Ansar Al Islam terrorist group, also called Ansarullah Bangla Crew (ABT). The ABT was banned in Could 2015 when one among its leaders was arrested and two members had been sentenced to loss of life for the homicide of an atheist blogger in February 2013.
The prosecution submitted CCTV footage of the killing of Roy, video statements of the accused, their confessional statements and copies of SMS from their cell phones to the court docket as proof.
Bangladesh had witnessed an alarming rise of militant actions in 2015 when 4 “atheist” bloggers had been murdered with authorities attributing the assaults to homegrown terrorists whereas Islamic State at the moment had claimed accountability for 3 assaults.
A 2016 cafe assault was the worst of the militant assaults when 22 individuals, together with 17 foreigners, had been killed, sparking a world uproar whereas a court docket subsequently sentenced seven of the eight suspects to loss of life.
Nevertheless it prompted the South Asian nation with Muslim majority inhabitants to nearly declare a complete warfare in opposition to Islamists partaking Military, paramilitary and elite police items that noticed a sequence of countrywide raids on militant hideouts and deaths of dozens of extremists.