A courtroom in Bangladesh sentenced to demise 5 members of an Islamist militant group on Tuesday for killing a US blogger vital of spiritual extremism six years in the past.
Avijit Roy, a US citizen of Bangladeshi origin, was hacked to demise by machete-wielding assailants in February 2015 whereas returning dwelling together with his spouse from a Dhaka ebook honest. His spouse and fellow blogger Rafida Ahmed suffered head accidents and misplaced a finger.
“Prices towards them have been proved past any doubt. The courtroom gave them the very best punishment,” public prosecutor Golam Sarwar Khan stated after the decision, amid tight safety on the Particular Anti-Terrorism Tribunal within the capital, Dhaka.
The courtroom additionally jailed one man for all times within the assault, Khan stated.
He stated the six males convicted on Tuesday belong to the al Qaeda-inspired home militant group Ansar Ullah Bangla Group, which police say was behind the murders of greater than a dozen secular activists and bloggers.
Syed Ziaul Haq, a sacked military main believed to be the chief of the group and who masterminded the killing, and one different member of the group have been tried in absentia and obtained demise sentences, Khan stated.
Nazrul Islam, defence lawyer for the six males, stated they might attraction towards the sentences within the greater courtroom.
Muslim-majority Bangladesh noticed a string of lethal assaults between 2013 and 2016 focusing on bloggers, secular activists and spiritual minorities, claimed by Islamic State or al Qaeda-aligned teams.
Essentially the most critical assault got here in July 2016, when gunmen stormed a restaurant within the diplomatic quarter of Dhaka and killed 22 folks, most of them foreigners.
After the cafe siege, greater than 100 suspected militants have been killed and a whole lot extra have been arrested as the federal government cracked down on Islamist teams to protect its picture as a reasonable Muslim nation.
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