Verdict in Abhijit murder case today
Published: 09:56 AM, 16 February 2021
US-based Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy; File Photo
The verdict in blogger and writer Abhijit’s murder case will be announced today (Tuesday).
Judge Md Majibur Rahman of the Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal of Dhaka is scheduled to deliver the verdict against six accused.
On February 4, the court set the date for the verdict after presenting the arguments of the state and the accused.
The accused are – Sayed Mohammad Ziaul Haque alias Maj (sacked) Zia, Akram Hossain, Abu Siddiq Sohel, Mozammel Hossain Saimon, Arafat Rahman Siam and Shafiur Rahman Farabi.
Among the accused – Major Zia and Akram are still absconding, while the rest are in jail.
The court heard the testimony of 28 out of 34 witnesses in the case. On January 21, the third investigating officer in the case, Inspector Monirul Islam of the police’s counter-terrorism unit, testified before the court as the last witness.
On January 27, the four accused, who were detained in the jail pleaded not guilty before the court and sought justice. Presenting the state arguments, the tribunal’s public prosecutor Advocate Golam Sarwar Zakir demanded the death penalty for the six convicts.
The lawyer of the defendants, on the other hand, pleaded not guilty on behalf of the accused.
According to the case, US-based Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy and his wife Rafida Ahmed Bonya were hacked near the TSC of Dhaka University on February 26, 2015, by a gang of assailants when the couple was walking out of the Ekushey Boi Mela at around 9:15 pm.
The next day, on February 27, Abhijit’s father, Ajay Roy, a prominent academic and former professor of physics at Dhaka University, filed a murder case with the Shahbagh Police Station.