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Four Sentenced to Death for Blogger’s Murder in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh — A particular tribunal in japanese Bangladesh introduced on Wednesday that 4 males had been sentenced to dying for the 2015 homicide of a blogger and author who had promoted secularism within the Muslim-majority nation.

The sufferer, Ananta Bijoy Das, 32, a banker by career who wrote for the platform Free Thoughts, was amongst a number of bloggers and writers fatally attacked that 12 months. He was chased down within the japanese metropolis of Sylhet by 4 males, who stabbed him to dying on a avenue near his residence and left his physique close to a pond.

“We’re pleased with the decision,” Somor Bijoy Shee Shakhor, Mr. Das’s brother-in-law, instructed The New York Instances. “We can’t get Ananta again. The one factor we wish is justice.”

Simply 10 weeks earlier than Mr. Das’s dying in Might 2015, Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-American who was the moderator of Free Thoughts, had additionally been killed, by machete-wielding assailants as he was leaving a ebook honest in Dhaka, the capital.

And 5 weeks after Mr. Roy’s dying, one other blogger, Oyasiqur Rahman, was killed by three males with machetes in Dhaka.

Later that 12 months, Faisal Arefin Dipan, Mr. Roy’s writer, was killed by a bunch of assailants in his Dhaka workplace.

The killings despatched a chilling message to secular bloggers in Bangladesh, the place a bitter cultural battle has raged over whether or not the nation is, or must be, a Muslim state.

A militant group, Ansarullah Bangla Staff claimed accountability for the deaths of Mr. Das, Mr. Dipan and Mr. Roy. The group was banned in Might 2015.

On Feb. 10, 2021, an antiterrorism particular tribunal in Dhaka sentenced eight to dying for killing Mr. Dipan.

Six days later, the tribunal sentenced 5 extra folks to dying and one other particular person to lifetime imprisonment for the killing of Mr. Roy.

A verdict within the trial of these accused of killing Mr. Rahman has not but been launched.

All of these discovered responsible within the killings of Mr. Das, Mr. Dipan and Mr. Roy have been a part of the Ansarullah Bangla Staff. In line with the BBC, the tribunal in Mr. Das’s homicide mentioned that his killers had believed they have been performing as a part of a “jihad” to cease the writers producing something that the group interpreted as being in opposition to Islamic beliefs.

Nurul Amin Biplob, a choose on the tribunal, in Sylhet, introduced the penalty on the 4 discovered responsible, Abul Khaer Rashid Ahmed, Abul Hossain, Faisal Ahmed and Harunur Rashid. Solely Abul Khaer Rashid Ahmed is in custody; the opposite three are at massive.

The prosecutor, Muminur Rahman Titu, mentioned, “Justice has been served for Ananta.”

“The tribunal has ordered the police to arrest the convicts who’re on the run,” he added. “We anticipate it is going to be executed quickly.”

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