A SPECIAL Bangladeshi tribunal sentenced seven of the eight suspects to death on Wednesday for their involvement in the 2016 Islamist attack on a Dhaka cafe that killed 20 people, including an Indian girl, the worst terror attack in the country’s history.
Police escort Islamist extremists accused of plotting the Holey Artisan Bakery cafe attack to a courtroom for their trial in Dhaka on Wednesday. (AFP)
“They shall be hanged by neck until their death,” Dhaka’s Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal judge Mojibur Rahman pronounced at the crowded court complex in Old Dhaka as the convicts appeared in the dock under heavy security.
The convicts were found to have financed, supplied weapons, or assisted those who directly took part in the attack on Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s up market Gulshan area on July 1, 2016.
The judge acquitted the eighth suspect as the prosecution side could not prove his links to the attack by the outlawed Neo-Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (Neo-JMB). Investigators earlier said that all the five neo-JMB operatives who directly took part in the attack were killed next morning in a counter assault by the military commandos.
The counter attack, however, killed an employee of the bakery and fatally wounded another who succumbed to his wounds two days later. The 17 foreigners killed in the attack included nine Italians, seven Japanese, one Indian girl. Two Bangladeshi police officers were also killed during the siege.