DHAKA, Bangladesh — A court in Bangladesh sentenced to death 5 members of an Islamist militant group on Tuesday for killing an American blogger crucial of religious extremism 6 many years in the past.
Avijit Roy, a United States citizen of Bangladeshi origin, was hacked to death by machete-wielding assailants in February 2015 when returning dwelling with his wife from a Dhaka guide honest. His wife and fellow blogger Rafida Ahmed suffered head injuries and misplaced a finger.
“Charges towards them had been proved past any doubt. The court gave them the highest punishment,” the public prosecutor Golam Sarwar Khan stated immediately after the verdict, amid tight protection at the Specific Anti-Terrorism Tribunal in the capital, Dhaka.
The court also jailed a single guy for daily life in the assault, Mr. Khan stated.
He stated the 6 males convicted on Tuesday belong to the al Qaeda-inspired domestic militant group Ansar Ullah Bangla Crew, which the police say was behind the murders of a lot more than a dozen secular activists and bloggers.
Syed Ziaul Haq, a sacked army main believed to be the leader of the group and who masterminded the killing, and a single other member of the group had been attempted in absentia and acquired death sentences, Mr. Khan stated.
Nazrul Islam, a defense attorney for the 6 males, stated they would appeal towards the sentences in the increased court.
Muslim-bulk Bangladesh noticed a string of deadly attacks involving 2013 and 2016 focusing on bloggers, secular activists and religious minorities, claimed by Islamic State or al Qaeda-aligned groups.
The most significant assault came in July 2016, when gunmen stormed a cafe in the diplomatic quarter of Dhaka and killed 22 men and women, most of them foreigners.
Soon after the cafe siege, a lot more than a hundred suspected militants had been killed and hundreds a lot more had been arrested as the government cracked down on Islamist groups to protect its picture as a reasonable Muslim nation.