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Cross-examination of plaintiff in Gulshan cafe attack case concludes

  • Published at 09:15 pm December 4th, 2018
The building, which has remained unused since the attack, opened its doors to visitors on the anniversary of the attack Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

Next hearing December 9

The cross-examination of Ripon Kumar Das, the plaintiff of the case filed over the Holey Artisan Bakery attack in Gulshan two years back that left 22 killed including 17 foreigners, concluded on Tuesday.

Judge Md Mujibur Rahman of Dhaka Anti-terrorism Special Tribunal recorded the cross-examination of the plaintiff by the defence lawyers in the Gulshan cafe attack case.

Defence lawyer Faruque Ahmed cross-examined the plaintiff pointing out different questions from the statement of the prosecution witnesses.

Later, the court fixed December 9 for next hearing in the case.

Earlier, the formal trial began with the deposition of the plaintiff on Monday in the muchtalked-about case.

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After framing charges against eight militants in the case, the tribunal on November 26 fixed December 3 for recording the statements of witnesses in the case.

Six out of the eight accused—Jahangir Alam alias Rajib Gandhi, Rakibul Hasan Rigan, Rashedul Islam, Sohel Mahfuz, Mizanur Rahman and Hadisur Rahman Sagor are now in jail and they were produced before the court during the hearing.

Two other accused---Shahidul Islam Khaled and Mamunur Rashid Ripon—are 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.

Twenty-two people including 17 foreigners were killed in the terror attack at the restaurant.