Two judges testify in Holey Artisan cafe attack

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 16:53, Sep 11, 2019 | Updated : 16:55, Sep 11, 2019

Holey Artisan Bakery File PhotoA special court in Dhaka has recorded the witness testimonies including two judges' in a case over the terror attack at upscale Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka's Gulshan in 2016.
The witnesses are then Chief Metropolitan Magistrate SM Masud Zaman and Majaharul Islam. They had recorded the statements of two accused and one witness. After their testimonies, the defence cross-examined them.
After that, judge Md Mujibur Rahman of Dhaka Anti-terrorism Special Tribunal adjourned the hearing till Oct 2.
As many as 108 witnesses have testified in the case so far.
On Jul 1, 2016, 20 people were killed including 17 foreigners during an extremist attack on the upscale Gulshan eatery.
A commando raid, the following morning eliminated five radicals who carried out the attack and rescued 13 hostages.
Some 21 members of militant outfit New JMB, a faction of banned militant group Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), were found to have been involved in the planning and execution of the attack, according to the charge sheet.
The charge sheet dropped a total of 13 names as they were killed during law enforcers’ drives at different places on different dates
On Nov 26, 2018, the court indicted eight suspects in the case and dropped the name of Abul Hasanat Rezaul Karim as no evidence was found against the former North South University teacher.
The trial in the brutal terror attack case begun on Dec 3, 2018, when Dhaka Anti-Terrorism Tribunal heard the testimony of the plaintiff, Gulshan police Sub-Inspector Ripon Kumar Das.