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Holey Artisan attack 'arms supplier' to be produced before court

  • Published at 12:15 am March 13th, 2019
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Officials of law enforcement agencies at the Holey Artisan Bakery, where a group of militants carried out a barbaric attack on the night of July 1, 2016, at Gulshan, Dhaka Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

On January 19, Md Mamunur Rashid, an active JMB member was arrested from Gazipur, suspected of supplying money, arms and explosives for the militant attack

A Dhaka Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal issued a production warrant against Md Mamunur Rashid, the suspected arms supplier of the Holey Artisan attack that left 22 killed including 17 foreign nationals on July 1, 2016.

Judge Majibur Rahman of the tribunal passed the order on Monday, following a prayer for a production warrant from the prosecution.

After a hearing, the court issued the warrant against Mamunur Rashid, who currently is in custody of the Sabujbagh police station under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

Special public prosecutor Md Jahangir Alam said that, three prosecution witnesses were present before the court, but as the absconding accused Mamunur Rashid was arrested in another case, the court could not record their testimonies.

On January 19, Md Mamunur Rashid alias Ripon alias Rezaul Karim alias Reza, a member of the banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), was arrested from Gazipur, suspected of supplying money, arms and explosives for the militant attack. 

The tribunal then fixed March 21 for the next hearing. Before this, 20 persecution witnesses testified before the tribunal on different dates in the case.

Earlier, the trial against eight militants started on November 26, last year in the much-talked about case. Six accused are now in jail while two accused are still on the run.

On July 23, the Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of police submitted the charge sheet accusing the eight accused in the case.

On July 1, 2016, gunmen stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery in the capital’s Gulshan area and opened fire and took around 40 people, including restaurant staff and guests -- both locals and foreigners – hostage.

During which, 22 people including 17 foreign nationals were killed in the terror attack at the restaurant.