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Verdict over Avijit Roy killing on Feb 16

A Dhaka court on Thursday fixed February 16 for delivering the verdict of the murder case of Avijit Roy, writer and founder of Mukto Mona blog who was killed amid the spate of ‘blogger-killings’ in 2015.

Judge of Dhaka Anti-Terrorism Tribunal Md Mujibur Rahman fixed the date after the defense lawyers concluded presenting their argument.

On Wednesday the prosecution concluded its argument seeking death penalty of six accused in the murder case of Avijit Roy.

On March 25, 2019, the Bangladesh-born US citizen Avijit’s murder case was transferred to the Anti-Terrorism Tribunal.

Before that on March 14, 2019, the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) pressed charges against six people, including sacked Major Syed Mohammad Ziaul Haque, a suspected coordinator of banned militant outfit Ansar-Al-Islam in the case.

The five other accused are Mozammel Hossain alias Saimon, Abu Siddiq Sohel alias Sakib alias Sajid alias Shahab, Akram Hossain alias Abir, Md Arafat Rahman and Shafiur Rahman Farabi.

Avijit, son of recently deceased physicist Ajoy Roy, was hacked to death, but Banya escaped with serious injuries after unidentified assailants attacked them with meat cleavers near TSC on the Dhaka University campus on the evening of February 26, 2015, as they were returning home from the Amor Ekushey Boi Mela.

Avijit’s late father filed a murder case with Shahbagh Police Station the very next day.