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Three more testify in the Gulshan attack hearing

  • Published at 09:10 pm December 9th, 2018
File photo the Holey Artisan Bakery, where a group of militants carried out a barbaric attack on the night of July 1, 2016, at Gulshan, Dhaka Dhaka Tribune

After recording the depositions, the court adjourned the trial proceedings till December 17

Three more prosecution witnesses (PWs) testified yesterday before a Dhaka special court, against eight people in the case filed over the Holey Artisan Bakery attack in Gulshan that left 22 dead, including 17 foreigners.

Judge Md Mujibur Rahman of Dhaka Anti-terrorism Special Tribunal recorded the statements of the three witnesses : cook at Holy Artisan, Shomir Baroi, driver of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Abdur Razzak Rana, and caretaker of Holy Artisan, Nurul Alam.

After recording the depositions, the court adjourned the trial proceedings till December 17.

With their testimony, a total of 4 out of 211 prosecution witnesses gave depositions before the court in the case.

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On November 26 the court framed charges against eight militants in the case.

Six 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 others 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 against the eight accused in the case.

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The names of 13 other militants were not included in the charge sheet despite their involvement as they were killed in drives by law enforcement agencies.

The names of a total of 211 people are mentioned in the charge sheet as prosecution witnesses, to prove the charges in the case filed with Gulshan police station under the Anti-Terrorism act.

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