Bangladesh sentences seven to death for 2016 cafe attack
November 27 2019 10:35 AM
Police escort detainees (C) accused of allegedly plotting the Holey Artisan Bakery cafe attack, carr
Police escort detainees (C) accused of allegedly plotting the Holey Artisan Bakery cafe attack, carried out by militants, to a courtroom for their trial in Dhaka

Reuters/Dhaka

A Bangladesh court on Wednesday handed death sentences to seven members of a religious militant group for plotting an attack on a cafe in 2016 that killed 22 people, mostly foreigners, in the south Asian nation's worst such incident.

‘Charges against them were proved beyond any doubt. The court gave them the highest punishment,’ public persecutor Golam Sarwar Khan told reporters after the verdict in the capital, Dhaka, amid tight security.

One of the eight people accused was acquitted, he added.

After the ruling, the accused men in the dock in a packed courtroom looked defiant and shouted, witnesses said.

The July 1 attack on the restaurant popular with foreigners in Dhaka's diplomatic area shocked the nation of 160 million and signalled a chilling threat to business, including the vital garment exports sector.

Five militants stormed the Holey Artisan cafe, took diners hostage and killed them over 12 hours. Nine Italians, seven Japanese, an American and an Indian were among the dead. The attackers were also killed in a rescue bid by army commandos.

Khan said the seven men convicted on Wednesday were involved in planning the attack. They belong to the group, Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh, that seeks to establish sharia rule in the country.

Bangladesh sentences seven to death for 2016 cafe attack

Reuters/Dhaka

A Bangladesh court on Wednesday handed death sentences to seven members of a religious militant group for plotting an attack on a cafe in 2016 that killed 22 people, mostly foreigners, in the south Asian nation's worst such incident.

‘Charges against them were proved beyond any doubt. The court gave them the highest punishment,’ public persecutor Golam Sarwar Khan told reporters after the verdict in the capital, Dhaka, amid tight security.

One of the eight people accused was acquitted, he added.

After the ruling, the accused men in the dock in a packed courtroom looked defiant and shouted, ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is Greatest), witnesses said.

The July 1 attack on the restaurant popular with foreigners in Dhaka's diplomatic area shocked the nation of 160 million and signalled a chilling threat to business, including the vital garment exports sector.

Five militants stormed the Holey Artisan cafe, took diners hostage and killed them over 12 hours. Nine Italians, seven Japanese, an American and an Indian were among the dead. The attackers were also killed in a rescue bid by army commandos.

Khan said the seven men convicted on Wednesday were involved in planning the attack. They belong to the group, Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh, that seeks to establish sharia rule in the country.





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