'If we feel it necessary to file an appeal against the acquittal of one accused in the verdict, we will surely do it'
Expressing satisfaction with the Holey Artisan attack verdict, the prosecution said now no one will dare to carry out such attacks in Bangladesh again.
Dhaka Public Prosecutor (PP) Md Abdullah Abu said this to journalists after the verdict on Wednesday.
Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal Judge Md Majibur Rahman, sentenced to death, seven of the eight accused, and fined them Tk50,000 each.
The court, however, acquitted one accused in the bakery attack.
In an immediate reaction, Md Golam Sharuar Khan Zakir, acting public prosecutor for the Dhaka Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal, said:"After analyzing the judgment, if we feel it necessary to file an appeal against the acquittal of one accused in the verdict, we will surely do it."
About the Islamic State's (IS) claim of attacking the Holy Artisan Bakery, the state lawyer said: "It has not been proved during the investigation that the IS has any existence in this country. Some scattered militants came up with the plan and attacked here."
Three years ago in 2016, the Holey Artisan Bakery was stormed by five militants.
During the attack on July 1, 23 people, including 17 foreigners, were brutally killed by them.
Five attackers: Nibras Islam, Rohan Imtiaz, Meer Saameh Mubasser, Khairul Islam, and Shafiqul Islam, were all killed in Operation Thunderbolt that the Para Commando Battalion launched at the bakery on the morning of July 2.
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A case was filed with Gulshan police station under the Anti-Terrorism Act.
After more than two years of investigation, the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) submitted a charge sheet on July 23, 2018. The charge sheet named eight suspected operatives of banned militant outfit Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
The trial began on November 26, 2018, after charges were framed against the eight militants.