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Two more testify in Holey Artisan case

  • Published at 10:36 pm April 24th, 2019
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 their depositions, the tribunal adjourned the trial proceedings till April 29

Two more prosecution witnesses have testified before a special tribunal trying the case filed over the Holey Artisan Bakery attack in Gulshan that left 22 dead, including 17 foreigners, in 2016.

Judge Majibur Rahman of the Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal in Dhaka recorded the statements of the two witnesses on Wednesday.

The witnesses are Md Jalal Uddin, a retired warrant officer of Bangladesh Army and the manager of a hotel opposite the Holy Artisan Bakery, and Nurul Islam, owner of the West Shewrapara house where one of the militants had been residing. 

Defence counsel Faruk Ahamed also cross-examined the witnesses on different points. 

After recording their depositions, the tribunal adjourned the trial proceedings till April 29.

With this, 33 out of a total of 211 prosecution witnesses have now given depositions before the tribunal in the sensational Gulshan café attack case.

The eight accused in the case 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. All of them are now in jail.

The trial of the eight suspected militants started on November 26 last year. 

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

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

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