The Dhaka Anti-Terrorism Tribunal has sent the copy of verdict in the 2016 terror attack on a Gulshan cafe to the High Court as death reference.
The verdict in the deadliest terror attack in Bangladesh was forwarded on Thursday (Dec 5), said the tribunal’s Bench Clerk Ruhul Amin.
Death sentences issued by trial courts are forwarded as death references to the High Court for approval. Appeals against such verdicts have to be filed with the High Court within a week of the ruling.
On Nov 27, the tribunal sentenced seven people to death and acquitted one other over the attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery, where terrorists killed 20 people, mostly foreigners.
On the night of Jul 1, 2016, a group of five men barged into the eatery at the upscale Dhaka neighbourhood of Gulshan and took the people inside them hostage.
The incident left 22 people, including two police officers.
Army commandos stormed the restaurant the next morning, when all five of the attackers were killed.
Two years after the attack, on Jul 23 2018, Dhaka metro police's Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit identified 21 suspects connected to the attack and submitted charges against eight living suspects.
The trial began on Nov 26 last year with the indictment of the suspects.