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Law Minister satisfied over café attack verdict

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 28 November, 2019 12:00 AM
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Law Minister satisfied over café attack verdict

Law Minister Anisul Huq has expressed his satisfaction over the verdict in the Holey Artisan Café attack case.

“We have been able to prove that we can conduct quick trial of such a heinous crime,” the minister said this at a press briefing at his ministry office on Wednesday afternoon.

“There were a total of 21 accused in the case. Of them, five were killed on that day during the commando operation. And eight more were killed in encounters with law enforcing agencies in different raids across the country. Of the remaining eight, seven have been sentenced to death and one was acquitted,” Anisul said.

While replying a question on how a convict managed to wear a cap of IS in police custody, the law minister said he would take initiative to probe the incident right after the end of this press briefing.

In the meantime, Attorney General (AG) Mahbubey Alam said the verdict had proved once again that Bangladesh is sincere in uprooting militancy. It also proved that we are able to take quick step in curbing militancy, he said.  This verdict will uphold the image of the country, he added.

Earlier on the day, Dhaka Anti-terrorism Special Tribunal sentenced seven accused to death in the case.

The deadly attack on the capital’s Holey Artisan Bakery in 2016 left 22 innocent people dead.