Bangladesh anti-terrorism tribunal sentences 5 to death for eliminating blog writer Avijit Roy

Roy, a 42-year-old Bangladesh- born United States resident, was hacked to death by Islamist militants simply after he left a book fair at the Dhaka University on February 26, 2015

An unique anti-terrorism tribunal on Tuesday sentenced 5 members of a prohibited Islamist militant group, consisting of a fugitive army significant, to death and a 6th guy to life in jail for the killing of popular Bangladeshi-American atheist blog writer Avijit Roy in 2015.

Roy, a 42-year-old Bangladesh- born United States resident, was hacked to death by Islamist militants simply after he left a book fair at the Dhaka University on February 26, 2015. His spouse Rafida Ahmed was likewise hurt in the attack.

Roy was an outspoken critic of spiritual fundamentalism.

Judge Mojibur Rahman of Dhaka’s Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal court sentenced 5 militants, consisting of fugitive army significant Sayed Ziaul Haq, to death in the Roy murder case, bdnews24 reported.

Another found guilty, Safiur Rahman Farabi, was imprisoned for life.

Four of the 5 convicts who got capital penalty are Md Mozzammel Hussain alias Saimon alias Shahriar, Md Abu Siddiq Sohel alias Sakib alias Sajid alias Shahab, Md Arafat Rahman and Akram Hossain aliasAbir Besides sacked Major Haque, Abir is likewise on the run.

The judge likewise fined these convicts Tk 50,000 each, besides handing capital penalty to them.

Tuesday’s decision came almost a week after Judge Rahman on Wednesday sentenced to death 8 Islamic militants, consisting of sacked Major Haque, for killing Roy’s publisher Faisal Arefin Dipon.

Dipon, the owner of Jagrity Publishers, was hacked to death at his workplace at main Dhaka’s Shahbagh location on November 31, 2015 months after the killing of Roy.

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Six of 8 convicts came from forbidden Ansar Al Islam terrorist group, likewise referred to as Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT. The ABT was prohibited in May 2015 when among its leaders was jailed and 2 members were sentenced to death for the murder of an atheist blog writer in February 2013.

The prosecution sent CCTV video of the killing of Roy, video declarations of the implicated, their confessional declarations and copies of SMS from their smart phones to the court as proof.

Bangladesh had actually experienced a disconcerting increase of militant activities in 2015 when 4 “atheist” blog writers were killed with authorities associating the attacks to homegrown terrorists while Islamic State at that time had actually declared duty for 3 attacks.

A 2016 coffee shop attack was the worst of the militant attacks when 22 individuals, consisting of 17 immigrants, were eliminated, stimulating an international outcry while a court consequently sentenced 7 of the 8 suspects to death.

But it triggered the South Asian nation with Muslim bulk population to practically state an overall war versus Islamists interesting Army, paramilitary and elite cops systems that saw a series of countrywide raids on militant hideouts and deaths of lots of extremists.

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Bangladesh anti-terrorism tribunal sentences 5 to death for eliminating blog writer Avijit Roy