Faisal Arefin Dipan, owner of Jagriti Prokashoni, was hacked to death inside his office at Aziz Super Market in Dhaka on October 31, 2015
A Dhaka Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal has framed charges against eight accused members of the banned militant outfit Ansar al-Islam for the killing of Faisal Arefin Dipan.
Judge Md Mujibur Rahman of the Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal in Dhaka framed the charges in the case on Sunday.
After the charge framing, the court fixed November 18 for recording the deposition of witnesses in the case.
The prosecution read out the charges, and asked the accused whether they pleaded guilty or not. The accused claimed to be innocent, and prayed for justice.
On March 20, the tribunal accepted the charges in presence of the six out of eight accused in the case.
The arrestees in the case include their leader Moinul Hasan Shamim alias Sifat alias Shamim alias Samir, who had confessed to his role in Dipan’s killing, and pointed out the wider role of the infamous “Maj Zia” in the killing of bloggers.
Also in police custody are trainer Abdus Sabur alias Abdus Samad alias Sujon; top Ansar al-Islam operatives Khairul Islam alias Jamil alias Jisan; Sheikh Abdullah alias Jubayer alias Jayed; Abu Siddique Sohel alias Sajid alias Sihab; and Mozammel Hossain alias Saimon.
The other two accused are both still on the run: sacked army Maj Syed Ziaul Haque Zia, and Akram Hossain alias Hasib.
On November 15, 2018 the investigation officer of the case submitted the charge sheet against the eight accused to the court of Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate.
Faisal Arefin Dipan, owner of Jagriti Prokashoni, was hacked to death inside his office at Aziz Super Market in Dhaka on October 31, 2015.
Dipan’s company had published a book written by writer-blogger Avijit Roy, who had also been murdered, on the campus of Dhaka University eight months earlier.
Dipan’s widow, Dr Razia Rahman, filed a murder case with Shahbagh police station on November 2, 2015 against unidentified assailants.