A court docket in Bangladesh has sentenced to death five individuals of an Islamist militant neighborhood for killing a US blogger severe of non secular extremism six years within the past.
Avijit Roy, a US citizen of Bangladeshi starting place, become hacked to death by machete-wielding assailants in February 2015 whereas returning dwelling alongside with his necessary other from a Dhaka book beautiful.
His necessary other and fellow blogger Rafida Ahmed suffered head accidents and misplaced a finger.
“Fees in opposition to them were proved beyond any doubt. The court docket gave them the supreme punishment,” public prosecutor Golam Sarwar Khan said after the verdict, amid tight safety at the Particular Anti-Terrorism Tribunal within the capital, Dhaka.
The court docket also jailed one man for life within the attack, Khan said.
He said the six men convicted on Tuesday belong to the al Qaeda-impressed domestic militant neighborhood Ansar Ullah Bangla Team, which police whisper become within the aid of the murders of larger than a dozen secular activists and bloggers.
Syed Ziaul Haq, a sacked navy well-known believed to be the chief of the neighborhood and who masterminded the killing, and one other member of the neighborhood were tried in absentia and acquired death sentences, Khan said.
Muslim-majority Bangladesh seen a string of deadly assaults between 2013 and 2016 concentrating on bloggers, secular activists and spiritual minorities, claimed by Islamic Snort or al Qaeda-aligned groups.
Essentially the most severe attack got here in July 2016, when gunmen stormed a cafe within the diplomatic quarter of Dhaka and killed 22 americans, most of them foreigners.