The Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal sentenced seven to death in Holey Artisan case
The United States has described the trial of the Holey Artisan case as a landmark one for Bangladesh and reiterated its continued support for Dhaka in fighting against terrorism.
“The United States notes the conclusion of the trial following the terrorist attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka in July 2016. Today’s [Wednesday’s] verdict gives some closure to the families of those who suffered from the brutal murders committed that day,” a statement, issued by the embassy on Wednesday, said.
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“The trial represents a landmark case for Bangladesh,” it said.
“The United States is honored to have assisted the government of Bangladesh throughout the investigation of the attack. We remain committed to continuing to support Bangladesh in its fight against terrorism, especially in our shared efforts to improve rule of law,” the statement said.
It added: “On this solemn occasion, the United States renews its deepest condolences to the loved ones of the civilians slain and Bangladeshi law enforcement officials who were killed or injured responding to this contemptible terrorist attack.”
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The Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal Judge Md Majibur Rahman sentenced seven of the eight accused to death.
The court also fined the convicts Tk50,000 each.
The eighth accused Mizanur Rahman alias Baro Mizan was acquitted from the charges.
Three years ago in 2016, the Holey Artisan Bakery and Café was stormed by five men.
During the attack on July 1, 23 people-- including 17 foreigners—were brutally killed by these militants.