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Verdict on Holey Artisan Bakery attack case on October 30

  • Death penalties under High Court review
  • Twenty killed in 2016 incident


Update : 14 Oct 2023, 10:13 PM

The High Court is set to deliver the verdict of the Holey Artisan Bakery attack case on October 30. 

The High Court bench of Justice Shahidul Karim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman set the date for the announcement of the verdict on Wednesday after hearing both death references and appeals in the case.

Under the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), the High Court reviews death penalties issued by a lower court before delivering the punishment order.

During proceedings, Attorney General AM Amin Uddin appealed to the High Court to uphold the death penalty for the convicts, whereas the defence requested the court to mitigate the punishment for the accused.

On July 1, 2016, five militants with firearms, machetes, and grenades invaded the high-end Holey Artisan Bakery in the diplomatic zone in Gulshan, taking diners hostage and killing 20 individuals—three Bangladeshis, seven Japanese, nine Italians, and one Indian.

During a subsequent rescue operation, the militants were killed by army commandos. 

The 12-hour standoff also resulted in the deaths of two police officers and a cafe chef, with a restaurant employee later succumbing to their injuries.

On November 27, 2019, the Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal in Dhaka sentenced seven militants to death for their participation in the attack, which was denounced as a shameful assault intended to undermine Bangladesh’s non-communal identity. 

The convicts are Jahangir Hossain, Aslam Hossain Rash, Hadisur Rahman, Rakibul Hasan Regan, Md Abdus Sabur Khan, Shariful Islam Khaled, and Mamunur Rashid Ripon.

On November 27, 2019, the Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal in Dhaka convicted and sentenced seven militants to death for their involvement in the attack, terming it a disgraceful attack aimed at assassinating the non-communal character of Bangladesh.

The death row convicts are Md Aslam Hossain alias Rashed alias Ryash, Jahangir Alam alias Rajib Gandhi, Abdus Sabur Khan alias Sohel Mahfuz, Hadisur Rahman Sagor, Rakibul Islam Regan, Shariful Islam Khaled and Mamunur Rashid Ripon.

The tribunal also acquitted one accused, citing insufficient evidence for a guilty verdict.

Subsequently, the convicts appealed to the High Court, challenging the tribunal’s verdict.

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