Verdict on Gulshan CafÃ© attack Nov 27
Staff Reporter :
Verdict in sensational Holey Artisan CafÃ© attack case will be delivered by a Dhaka court on November 27.
Judge Md Mujibur Rahman of the Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal of Dhaka set the date after conclusion of arguments from the prosecution and defence, said Public Prosecutor Golam Sarwar Khan Zakir.
The terror attack on July 1, 2016, left 22 people dead.
The court finished recording testimonies of 113 witnesses out of 211 on October 27 with Investigation Officer Humayun Kabir, an inspector of the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit, being the last one.
In his testimony, Investigator Humayun said that the militants targeted Holey Artisan Bakery to make their presence in Bangladesh known to the world and tarnish the country's image in order to establish radical Islamic rule.
Out of the 21 suspects, 13 have been killed in raids at different times, while the remaining eight accused are behind bars.
On July 23 in 2018, Police's Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) Inspector Humayun Kabir submitted charge sheet in the case accusing eight people.
The accused are Jahangir Alam alias Rajib Gandhi, Rakibul Hasan Rigan, Rashedul Islam alias Ryash, Sohel Mahfuz, Mizanur Rahman alias Boro Mizan, Hadisur Rahman Sagor, Shariful Islam and Mamunur Rashid.
Earlier, the young militants killed 22 people, including 17 foreigners and two police officers, in the attack on July 1, 2016.
In his statement to the court, Jahangir, hailing from Gaibandha, said he was a member of the Middle East-based radical group Islamic State and was involved in the 2015 murder of Japanese national Kunio Hoshi in Rangpur.
He also said that he first joined Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in 2002 and then the IS through its leaders Tamim Chowdhury and Sarwar Jahan when "Khilfat was declared in of Syria and Iraq".
Jahangir, however, claimed he knew Tamim was planning an attack in 2016, but every member of the group other than Tamim himself, Sarwar and Nurul Islam Marzan were unaware of the target.
Tamim, Sarwar and Marzan are among the 13 killed in different anti-terrorists raids.
However, Mizan, the other accused, claimed he was not the militant suspect named in the case, but a fish trader from Bogura.