A court has sentenced eight militants, including sacked Major Syed Ziaul Haque, to death for hacking to death Faisal Arefin Dipan, owner of Jagriti Prakashan, nearly six years ago.
Dhaka Special Anti-Terrorism Tribunal Judge. Mojibur Rahman announced the verdict in the case on Wednesday.
All the eight accused were sentenced to death as the maximum punishment and fined Tk 50,000. Among them are two fugitives including Zia. Bdnews24.com
Dipan was attacked on October 31, 2015 at the office of his publishing house Jagriti in Aziz Super Market amid a series of attacks on writers, publishers and online activists in Bangladesh.
Dipan, son of retired Dhaka University professor Abul Qasim Fazlul Haque, was strangled to death.
The verdict came in the case, which was discussed a year and three months after the trial of the two accused.
Faisal Arefin Dipan Faisal Arefin Dipan The judge observed the 53-page verdict that Faisal Arefin Dipan, publisher of Jagriti Prakashan, was killed for publishing Abhijit Roy’s book as part of the murder of writers, bloggers and publishers.
“There is no opportunity to make the role of the accused small or big. Those who can kill people for publishing books are the enemies of society and the state. If the participants in the assassination of Faisal Arefin Dipan survive, the members of Ansar al-Islam who are out of court will be motivated to commit the same crime. ”
The eight accused in the case are: Major Syed Ziaul Haque Zia, Akram Hossain alias Hasib alias Abir alias Adnan alias Abdullah, Moinul Hasan Shamim alias Samir alias Imran, Abdur Sabur Samad alias Sujan alias Raju, Khairul Islam alias Jamil alias Jisel, Abu Siddique. Alias Shakib alias Sajid alias Shahab, Mozammel Hussain alias Simon alias Shahriar and Sheikh Abdullah alias Jubayer alias Zayed alias Jabed alias Abu Omayer.
Among the accused, Zia and Akram are fugitives. The rest have been arrested and are in jail. Police say they are all members of the banned militant group Ansar al-Islam.
Dipan’s wife Razia Rahman, who was present in the court, cried when she heard the verdict. He later told reporters, “I am very ill, my uncle died yesterday. We are satisfied with this verdict. I would like to express my gratitude to all those who were involved for the verdict we received today. ”
Defendant’s lawyers Khairul Islam Liton and M Nazrul Islam said they would appeal against the verdict.
Khairul Islam Liton said, “This verdict was not correct. This verdict is one sided. We will go to the high court against this verdict. ”
Nazrul Islam said, “We tried, but we could not. We will appeal. ”
The case was handled by Golam Charwar Khan Zakir on behalf of the state.
He told reporters after the verdict: “The court observed that the aim of the accused in this case was to kill bloggers, writers and publishers, to silence the voices of the people and to disrupt public safety by creating panic in the minds of the people. And the purpose of all this is to stop the freedom of expression as a human being. Destroying the democratic and secular character of the state. ”
Incidentally, on January 19, 2012, the army announced at a press conference that a coup plot by some fanatical army officers to overthrow the government had been foiled. Major Zia was named as the leader of the coup attempt.
Zia, who was fired from the army at the time, fled and joined the militant group Ansar al-Islam, police said. There are several other cases against him, including the Abhijit murder case.
Writer-blogger Abhijit Roy was hacked to death at TSC during the Ekushey Book Fair of Bangla Academy in 2015, the year Dipan was killed. A few months later, several bloggers and writers, including Niladri Chattopadhyay Nilay, were killed.
On October 31, the day Dipan was killed at the Jagriti Prakashan’s office on the third floor of the Aziz Super Market, another publishing house entered the office of Shuddhaswar in Lalmatia and three others, including its owner Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury Tutul, were beaten in the same manner. However, three people including Tutul survived.
Science writer Abhijit Roy’s book was published from Jagriti and Shuddhasvara. In both cases, the militant group Ansar al-Islam was named.
According to the police, Dipan was killed on the instructions and plans of Zia, the military commander of the militant group.
Source: দৈনিক আজাদী by dainikazadi.net.
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