DHAKA The Higher Court docket of Bangladesh on Sunday upheld the loss of life sentences of two members of a banned Islamist team accused of killing a blogger, a court docket formal explained.
The two were being sentenced to loss of life in 2015 for killing Ahmed Rajib Haider, a youth team activist campaigning for a demo of war criminals, which includes those people concerned in Bangladesh’s independence war with Pakistan in 1971.
Rajib was hacked to loss of life in Dhaka in 2013.
The two convicts, Redwanul Azad Rana and Faisal Bin Nayem, are members of the Islamist team Ansar al Islam, linked to al-Qaeda. In 2015, Dhaka police announced a reward of five hundred,000 taka ($six,410) for Rana, believed to be the most senior chief of the team. He has gone into hiding.
Rana is also accused of hacking to loss of life a further blogger, Bangladesh-born U.S. citizen Avijit Roy, in the same 12 months.
Bangladesh has been battling a rise in Islamist-linked violence in the past four yrs. Considering the fact that July, various militants have been arrested or killed in police functions for involvement in last year’s assault on a Dhaka cafe in which 22 folks, largely foreigners, were being killed.
Considering the fact that 2013 Islamist militants killed or critically hurt 48 folks in Bangladesh, which includes at minimum 6 on the web critics of spiritual militancy who were being hacked to loss of life.
Islamic Point out and al Qaeda have built competing claims around the killings of foreigners, liberals and members of spiritual minorities in Bangladesh, a largely Muslim region of 160 million folks.
The authorities has continuously dominated out the presence of foreign teams, blaming domestic militants alternatively.
(Reporting by Serajul Quadir Modifying by Clelia Oziel)