Court accepts Dhaka attack charge sheet, acquits Hasnat

Dhaka: A special tribunal here on Wednesday accepted the charge sheet against eight militants in a case filed over the 2016 militant attack on Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan.

Judge Mujibur Rahman of the Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal in Dhaka passed the order after hearing the charges brought against them.

The court also ordered to release former North South University teacher Hasnat Karim, whose name was dropped from the charge sheet submitted on July 23, from police custody, reports the UNB.

That charge-sheeted are Jahangir Alam alias Rajib Gandhi, Mahmudul Hasan Mizan, Sohel Mahfuz, Rashidul Islam alias Rash, Boro Mizan, Hadisur Rahman Sagar, Mamunur Rashid Ripon and Shariful Islam Khaled.

The court also issued an arrest warrant against the two charge-sheeted accused who are on the run and asked officer-in-charge of Gulshan Police Station to submit a report on the execution of the arrest warrant on August 16.

Hasnat Karim was rescued along with 12 others during the commando operation at the Holey Artisan Bakery in the city’s Gulshan area on July 2 following a 12-hour hostage standoff.

Twenty-two people–nine Italians, seven Japanese, one Indian, one Bangladeshi-born American and two Bangladeshis — were killed in the terror attack on the restaurant on July 1, 2016.