The verdict comes lower than per week after eight Islamist extremists had been sentenced to demise for the homicide of a writer who introduced out books by secular writers, together with two by Roy
Five Islamist extremists had been sentenced to demise on Tuesday over the brutal homicide of a Bangladeshi-American author and rights activist six years in the past.
Avijit Roy, a prolific blogger and the writer of 10 books together with the best-selling Biswasher Virus (“Virus of Faith”), was hacked to demise exterior Bangladesh’s largest e book truthful by machete-wielding extremists in February 2015.
The homicide, a part of a reign of terror by extremists on the time, enraged the Muslim-majority nation’s secular activists, who staged days of protests.
The choose at Dhaka’s Special Anti-Terrorism Tribunal discovered six folks responsible, sentencing 5 to demise and one to life in jail, prosecutor Golam Sarwar Zakir advised AFP.
Two of them had been tried in absentia, together with sacked military officer Syed Ziaul Haque, who was accused of main the group that carried out the assault — often called Ansarullah Bangla Team, or Ansar al Islam.
A defence lawyer stated they might enchantment the decision at the next court docket.
Roy was born in Bangladesh in 1972 and moved to the United States in 2006 from the place he continued to criticise the federal government for the jailing of atheist bloggers.
His spouse Rafida Ahmed Bonya, who was injured within the assault and lives within the US, stated the decision wouldn’t carry her peace.
“In six years, not one person investigating the case in Bangladesh reached out to me — though I am a direct witness and victim of the attack,” she wrote on Facebook.
“Simply prosecuting a few foot-soldiers — and ignoring the rise and roots of extremism — does not mean justice for Avi’s death.”
The verdict comes lower than per week after eight Islamist extremists had been sentenced to demise for the homicide of a writer who introduced out books by secular writers, together with two by Roy.
The assaults had been a part of a wave of violence between 2013 and 2016 concentrating on secular activists, bloggers and atheist writers at a time of heightened political tensions.
Several high Islamist political get together leaders had been hanged over the violence underneath the federal government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The Bangladesh authorities has since arrange two main anti-terrorism police items to crack down on Islamist extremists.
More than 100 suspects have been killed in anti-terror raids and lots of detained. Around half a dozen Islamist militant outfits have been banned.
Bangladesh cricket star Shakib Al Hasan has turn into the most recent goal of radicals, and needed to be given an armed bodyguard after he was threatened for attending a Hindu ceremony in India.
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