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UNESCO chief: Bring Oyasiqur killers to trial

Update : 11 Apr 2015, 05:05 AM

Denouncing the murder of blogger Oyasiqur Rahman, Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova has urged action to bring the killers to trial.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the chief of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, called to defend freedom of expression and public debate in Bangladesh. 

“I condemn the killing of Oyasiqur Rahman Babu,” the Director-General said. “It is important that the Bangladeshi authorities find and prosecute those responsible for this attack. Freedom of expression and free debate cannot thrive in a climate of fear and self-censorship,” Bokova concluded.

The secular blogger was hacked to death in Tejgaon, Dhaka on March 30.

A travel agency executive, Oyasiqur’s murder was premeditated. Three assailants swooped on Oyasiqur, 27, armed with machetes around 9am on Dipika Mosque Lane of Begunbari, close to Tejgaon Textile Engineering University, when he was going to office in Motijheel.

Zikrullah and Ariful, two madrasa students, were captured by two transgendered persons from the spot immediately after the incident.

Later, Oyasiqur's brother-in-law Monir Hossain Masud filed a case with Tejgaon industrial police station against four persons on the day.

Zikrullah and Ariful have been placed on remand twice.

During the first day hearing, Zikrullah told the court: "Although we had our involvement in Oyasiqur murder, we do not know anything about Avijit killing. But, We did not hack him. The person, who directly attacked the blogger[Oyasiqur] fled the scene immediately."

"Oyasiqur was killed for making defamatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad on Facebook."

During the second day hearing, both the suspects neither defended themselves nor appointed any lawyers to stand for them.

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