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Prosecution testimony in Holey Artisan attack case ends

  • Published at 08:58 pm October 27th, 2019
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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

Tribunal fixed October 30 for recording self-defence statement of the accused.

A Dhaka court has concluded recording testimony of prosecution witnesses in the case filed in connection with the horrific attack on Holey Artisan Bakery, a Spanish restaurant in Dhaka’s Gulshan area that left 22 dead, including 17 foreigners, on July 1, 2016.

After recording testimony of the witnesses, Judge Majibur Rahman of Anti-Terrorism Special

Tribunal on Sunday, fixed October 30 for recording self-defence statement of the accused under Section 243 of the CrPC.

Earlier, Humayun Kabir, an inspector of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit, also the investigation officer (IO) of the case started placing his testimony on October 17, and finished it on October 21. He was cross-examined for three days.

Victim families and people from all walks of life, both locals and foreigners, paid tribute to those killed during the July 1, 2016 attack at Holey artisan Bakery, on Monday, July 1, 2019 | Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

 Out of 211, 114 witnesses, including --- complainant, police, victims, and investigation officer have so far testified in the 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 in jail custody now.

The trial against the eight militants started on November 26, last year in the much-talked about Holey Artisan attack case.

On July 23, the CTTC unit of police submitted the charge sheet accusing the eight in the case.

Officials of law enforcement agencies at the Holey Artisan Bakery, where a group of militants carried out a barbaric attack on the night of July 1, 2016, at Gulshan, Dhaka, the attack was conducted by militants  having English medium backgrounds | Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

On July 1, 2016, gunmen stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery, opened fire, and took around 40 innocent people hostage, including restaurant staff and guests, both locals and foreigners.

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

Two police officials valiantly laid down their lives while trying to save the people there. 

Later, five militants were killed in a commando operation.