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Two more witnesses testify in the Holey Artisan terror attack case

  • Published at 09:19 pm April 3rd, 2019
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The building in Gulshan that housed the Holey Artisan Bakery where the terrorist attack of July 1, 2016 took 22 lives. Photo taken on the first anniversary of the attack Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Judge Mujibur Rahman, of the Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal in Dhaka, recorded the statements of the two witnesses in the case: Prof Gias U Ahsan, and Motiar Rahman

On Wednesday, two more prosecution witnesses testified before the special tribunal for the case filed in connection with the gruesome attack on a restaurant in the capital’s uptown Gulshan area on July 1, 2016.

Judge Mujibur Rahman, of the Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal in Dhaka, recorded the statements of the two witnesses in the case: Prof Gias U Ahsan, and Motiar Rahman.

Gias’s Bashundhara residential area house was rented by the five militants who carried out the attack.

Motiar Rahman was the neighbor of Neo-JMB militant, Tanvir Qader Shamser, who killed himself during an anti-militant operation at a house in Azimpur on September 10, 2016.

Recording the depositions, the tribunal adjourned the trial proceedings for the case.

With this, it makes for a total of 28 out of 211 prosecution witnesses who have given depositions before the tribunal in this case.

The eight accused are: Shariful Islam Khaled, Mamunur Rashid Ripon, Jahangir Alam alias Rajib Gandhi, Rakibul Hasan Regan, Rashedul Islam alias Rash, Sohel Mahfuz, Mizanur Rahman alias Baro Mizan, and Hadisur Rahman Sagar.

They are all currently in prison. The trial against these eight militants began on November 26, 2018.

On July 23, 2018, the Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of police submitted a charge sheet accusing eight individuals in the case.

On July 1, 2016, gunmen stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery and opened fire, taking around 40 people hostage.

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