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5 to die, 1 gets life term for killing Blogger Avijit

A Dhaka court on Thursday sentenced five people to death and another one to life term imprisonment in the case lodged over the murder of blogger and writer Avijit Roy.

Judge Mojibur Rahman of Dhaka’s Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal delivered the verdict in presence of four accused.

The death-row convicts are– Major (dismissed) Syed Mohammad Ziaul Haque alias Zia, Mozammel Hussain alias Simon (organizational name Shahriar), Abu Siddique Sohail alias Shakib alias Sajid alias Shahab, Akram Hossain alias Abir, and Md. Arafat Rahman.

Shafiur Rahman Farabi was sentenced to life term imprisonment.

All of them are leaders of banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT). Of them, Major Ziaul Haque and Akram Hossain are absconding.

Earlier on February 4, the court fixed today for delivering the verdict after concluding arguments from the prosecution and the defence.

The court concluded witness testimony on January 20. A total of 28 witnesses, out of 34, testified in the case.

According to the case statement, blogger and writer Avijit Roy was hacked and injured by extremists near Suhrawardy Udyan in the TSC area of Dhaka University at around 9:15pm on February 26, 2015.

He was rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) where he died at around 10:30pm.

On February 26, Avijit’s father, prominent educationist Ajay Roy, filed a murder case with the Shahbagh police station.

On March 13, 2019, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Sarafuzzaman Ansari filed a charge sheet against the six in the court. Thirty-four people were made witnesses in the case.

On April 11, 2019, Dhaka Special Anti-Terrorism Tribunal Judge Majibur Rahman accepted the charge sheet against the six accused.

On August 1, the tribunal Dhaka ordered to start the trial by forming charges against the accused.

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