Bangladesh courtroom sentences 5 to loss of life for killing US blogger

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The 5 are members of an armed group accused of killing Avijit Roy, a US citizen of Bangladeshi origin, in February 2015.

A courtroom in Bangladesh has sentenced to loss of life 5 members of an armed group for killing a US blogger essential of spiritual extremism six years in the past. One man was sentenced to life in jail.

Avijit Roy, a US citizen of Bangladeshi origin, was hacked to loss of life by machete-wielding assailants in February 2015 whereas returning home together with his spouse from a Dhaka e book truthful. His spouse and fellow blogger Rafida Ahmed suffered head accidents and misplaced a finger.

Public Prosecutor Golam Sarwar Khan stated the six males convicted on Tuesday belong to the al-Qaeda-inspired armed group Ansar Ullah Bangla Team, which police say was behind the murders of many secular activists and bloggers.

“Charges against them were proved beyond any doubt. The court gave them the highest punishment,” Khan stated after the decision amid tight safety on the Special Anti-Terrorism Tribunal within the capital, Dhaka.

Syed Ziaul Haq, a sacked military main believed to be the chief of the group and who masterminded the killing, and one different member of the group have been tried in absentia and obtained loss of life sentences, Khan stated.

Nazrul Islam, defence lawyer for the six males, stated they might enchantment the sentences within the increased courtroom.

Bangladesh noticed a string of lethal assaults between 2013 and 2016 concentrating on bloggers, secular activists and non secular minorities, claimed by armed teams linked to the ISIL (ISIS) armed group or al-Qaeda.

Roy had based a preferred Bengali-language weblog – Mukto-mona, or Free Mind – through which articles on scientific reasoning and non secular extremism featured prominently.

The most severe assault got here in July 2016, when gunmen stormed a restaurant within the diplomatic quarter of Dhaka and killed 22 individuals.

After the cafe siege, greater than 100 suspected armed group members have been killed and a whole bunch extra have been arrested as the federal government cracked down on such teams to protect its picture as a average Muslim nation.

In November 2019, seven individuals have been sentenced to loss of life for the lethal siege in Dhaka.