Court rejects bail plea of former NSU teacher Hasnat Reza Karim, who has not been charge sheeted
Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court has ordered that all documents, including the charge sheet, of the case filed over the 2016 terrorist attack on Gulshan’s Holey Artisan Bakery be sent to the Anti-terrorism Special Tribunal.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Saifuzzaman Hiru issued the order on Thursday after scrutinizing the case dockets, according to court sources.
Earlier in the day, Metropolitan Magistrate Nurunnahar Yasmin had accepted the charge sheet and sent it to him for observations.
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Sources said the case documents would be sent to the special tribunal in Dhaka on Sunday.
The trial of the case at the tribunal will start after its Judge Md Mujibur Rahman accepts the charge sheet.
Last Monday, police had pressed charges against eight leaders and members of militant outfit New JMB in the sensational case.
Six of the accused are Jahangir Alam alias Rajib Gandhi, Rashedul Islam alias Rash, Sohel Mahfuz alias Hatkata Mahfuz, Rakibul Islam Reagan, Mizanur Rahman alias Boro Mizan, and Hadisur Rahman Sagor.
They are currently behind bars having confessed in court their roles in the attack on the upscale eatery in the capital’s diplomatic zone.
Police have prayed to the court to issue arrest warrants against two other militants – Shariful Islam Khalid and Mamunur Rashid Ripon – who are still on the run, and reportedly hiding in India.
The investigators had also dropped former North South University teacher Hasnat Reza Karim’s name from the charge sheet as the charges against him could not be proved.
However, Metropolitan Magistrate Fahad Bin Amin denied his bail plea on Thursday.
Hasnat was rescued along with 12 others when a commando operation at Holey Artisan Bakery and O’ Kitchen ended successfully in the morning of July 2, 2016 following a 12-hour-long hostage standoff.
Twenty-two people – nine Italians, seven Japanese, one Indian, one Bangladeshi-born American and four Bangladeshis – were killed by five gunmen after they stormed the restaurant on the evening of July 1.