A Dhaka court on Sunday fixed February 10 for the delivery of verdict in a case filed against eight members of banned militant outfit Ansar Al Islam over the murder of publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan in 2015.
Judge Md Majibur Rahman of the Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal in Dhaka set the date after concluding arguments from both prosecution and defense sides.Public Prosecutor (PP) of the court Ghulam Sarwar Khan Zakir said “We expected that all the accused would get capital punishment as the prosecution able to prove charges against all the accused in the case.”
The indicted accused are: sacked Major Syed Ziaul Haque, Moinul Hasan Shamim alias Samir alias Imran (24), Abdus Sabur alias Samad alias Sujon alias Raju (23), Khairul Islam alias Fahim alias Jishan (24), Sheikh Abdullah (27), Abu Siddiq Sohel (34), and Mozammel Hossain alias Saimon (25) and Akram Hossein alias Hasib (24).
Of them, Zia and Akram are still at large while the six others are in jail.
A total of 23 out of 26 prosecution witnesses including complainant of the case testified before the court in the case.
The trial had started on October 13, 2019, through framing charges against the eight accused in the case.
On November 15, 2018, Detective Branch (DB) of police submitted the charge sheet against the eight accused in the case.According to the case, Faisal Arefin Dipan, 43, the publisher of Jagriti Prokashani, was hacked to death at his office in the capital’s Shahbagh on October 31, 2015.
Later, victim’s wife filed the case with Shahbagh Police Station accusing unknown persons. The publishing houses of Dipan had published books written by writer-blogger Avijit Roy, who had been murdered on the campus of Dhaka University eight months earlier of Dipan murder while returning from the Ekushe Boimela on February 26, 2015.
A number of free thinkers and secular bloggers including Avijit Roy, Washiqur Rahman, Ananto Bijoy Das and Niloy Neel, LGBT activists Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy were killed allegedly by religious extremist outfits in 2015 and 2016 in the country.