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Holey Artisan verdict: Government expresses satisfaction, BNP welcomes

  • Published at 11:12 pm November 27th, 2019
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Law enforcement agencies are taking special security measures in the Dhaka Court area ahead of Holey Artisan attack verdict on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

BNP always hated any sott of terrorism, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul said

The government and opposition in the parliament have expressed their satisfaction with the verdict of the sensitive Holey Artisan attack case delivered by the court.

Law Minister Anisul Huq said: “We are satisfied with the verdict in which seven of the accused got capital punishment.”

The minister shared his views during a press briefing at the Bangladesh Secretariat on Wednesday.

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“This sensational incident hurt the very root of the country’s spirit. Finally, the case ended properly, and I am content with the judgment, and so is the government,” he added. 

“We have proved before the global community that Bangladesh can judge such a significant case swiftly by following the rules,” he added.

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While replying to a query, the law minister said “I did not read the verdict yet, and will be only able to comment after the full verdict will be released,” he added.

Seven accused were sentenced to death in the case. The trail of the case was completed swiftly by following all regulations and procedures.  

Welcoming the verdict BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said: “We are always against the terrorism. BNP always hated any sort of terrorism.”

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“The Holey Artisan incident was condemned by the people of Bangladesh, such a horrific attack is never acceptable. We welcome the verdict as we want justice to be protected and such brutal attacks will not be carried out again,” he told  Dhaka Tribune.  

Golam Muhammad Quader, chairman of Jatiya Party (JaPa) has also hailed the court verdict and expressed pleasure on behalf of the party. The press release said on Wednesday. 

“The verdict of sensational Dhaka cafe attack will help misguided youths to return to normal life, said Golam Muhammad Quader.

“The people’s faith in justice will resume as the seven accused were sentenced to death,” said JaPa chairman.

“The verdict can also recover the image of the country, which was dented after the gruesome incident, in which, foreign nationals were also killed,” he added.

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He said: “Bangladesh and its people never believe militancy and will suppress any kind of militant attack.” 

A total of 22 people, including 17 foreign nationals, were killed after five gunmen raided the Holey Artisan Bakery and O’ Kitchen restaurant in Gulshan, in the worst terror attack in Bangladesh’s history, on July 1, 2016.

The attackers were killed in a commando operation the next morning, after a 12-hour standoff.

After years of trial, a Dhaka court on Wednesday sentenced seven militants to death and acquitted one in the case filed over the grizzly attack.