The publisher was hacked to death at his Aziz Super Market office on October 31, 2015
A Dhaka court has set February 10 to deliver verdict against eight accused members of the banned militant outfit, Ansar al-Islam, in the case filed over the 2015 murder of Jagriti Prokashony Publisher Foisal Arefin Dipon.
After conclusion of argument hearing, Judge Md Majibur Rahman of the Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal in Dhaka set February 10 to deliver the judgment in the case.
One of the defence lawyers said: “The prosecution lawyers failed to prove charges brought against our clients in the case, so they would be acquitted from the charges.”
Earlier, Special Public Prosecutor of the tribunal Md Golam Mostafa Khan Jakir in his argument sought maximum punishment for all the accused in the case claiming that they were able to prove charges against the accused in the case.
The court has recorded the testimony of 22 out of 26 witnesses in the case.
On October 13, 2019, the tribunal had framed charges against eight accused.
The arrestees in the case include their leader Moinul Hasan Shamim alias Sifat alias Shamim alias Samir, who had confessed to his role in Dipon’s killing, and pointed out the wider role of the infamous “Major 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.
Two of the accused are still on the run – sacked army Major Syed Ziaul Haque Zia, and Akram Hossain alias Hasib.
Dipon was hacked to death at his Aziz Super Market office on October 31, 2015.
Dipon’s publishing house had published a book written by writer-blogger Avijit Roy, who had been murdered on the campus of Dhaka University on February 26, 2015.
Dipan’s wife, Dr Razia Rahman, filed a murder case with Shahbagh police station on November 2, 2015 against unidentified assailants.