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Holey Artisan case verdict Nov 27
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

Holey Artisan case verdict Nov 27

A special tribunal in Dhaka has fixed November 27 for delivering its verdict in the case filed over the gruesome militant attack on Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s Gulshan area on July 1, 2016 that left 22 killed including 17 foreigners. After completion of arguments from prosecution and defence, Judge Md Majibur Rahman of the Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal of Dhaka yesterday fixed the date for delivering its verdict in the case. The trial in the Holey Artisan Bakery terror attack case began on November 26 last year after Humayun Kabir, an inspector of the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit of the police and the investigating officer of the case, pressed charges against eight neo-JMB militants on July 23 the same year in the café massacre case. The tribunal framed charges against 8 accused under Sections 2, 6, 8, 9, 12, and 20 of the Anti-terrorism Act. The  court also fixed December 3, 2018 for starting to record the deposition of witnesses in the case. Six of the accused, who are now in jail, has pleaded not guilty after facing the charges. The eight accused are: Jahangir Alam alias Rajib Gandhi, Rakibul Hasan Regan, Rashedul Islam alias Rash, Sohel Mahfuz, Mizanur Rahman alias Baro Mizan, Hadisur Rahman Sagar, Shariful Islam Khaled and Mamunur Rashid Ripon. Among them, Shariful Islam Khaled and Mamunur Rashid Ripon are on the run. On July 01 in 2016, five heavily armed militants carrying crude bombs, machetes, pistols and assault rifle attacked Holey Artisan Bakery, an up-class restaurant in Gulshan and took several dozen hostages. The militants killed 22 people - 9 Italian, 7 Japanese, 3 Bangladeshi and one Indian restaurant guests and two police officers. Two bakery staff also succumbed to injuries later. All the five assailants—Nibras Islam, Rohan Imtiaz, Meer Saameh Mubasheer, Khairul Islam, Shafiqul Islam—were killed in an army commando raid the next morning while the hostages were freed unharmed.