Two judges testify in Holey Artisan attack case

Three new witnesses including two judges on Tuesday testified before an anti-terror special court in the capital in a case lodged over 2016 terrorist attack at Holey Artisan Bakery in capital’s Gulshan area, reports BSS.

The witnesses are Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Satyabrata Shikder, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Sadbir Yasir Ahsan Chowdhury and Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) official Dilip Kumar Saha. After their testimonies, the defence cross-examined them. Judge Md Mujibur Rahman of Dhaka Anti-terrorism Special Tribunal after that adjourned the hearing till September 11.

A total of 106 witnesses so far testified in the case. Militants killed 20 innocent people, most of them foreigners, in the grisly attack at the cafe on July 1, 2016. Two police officials valiantly laid down their lives while trying to save people there. Later, five militants were killed in a commando operation. Police filed the case under the anti-terror act with Gulshan Police Station.

The trial initiated on November 26, 2018 by framing charges against the eight accused-Jahangir Alam alias Rajib Gandhi, Rakibul Hasan Regan, Rashedul Islam alias Rash, Sohel Mahfuz, Mizanur Rahman alias Boro Mizan, Hadisur Rahman Sagar, Shariful Islam and Mamunur Rashid.