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Bangladesh begins formal trial in 2016 Dhaka cafe attack

IANS  |  Dhaka 

An anti-terrorism tribunal in on Monday began the formal trial in the Artisan cafe attack in in 2016 that killed 22 people, including foreign nationals.

On July 23, the police had pressed charges against eight members of the group Jamaatul Mujahideen (JMB) for their role in the attack, although formal charges were framed by the tribunal on November 26, which had also set December 3 for recording statements of witnesses, told news.

"On the first day, the complainant of the case, a of Gulshan police, gave his statement and defence lawyers interrogated him. The interrogation will continue tomorrow," he said.

Among the eight accused, six are in jail and two remain on the run.

All the six accused had pleaded not guilty when had read out the charges against them on November 26, said the

On July 1, 2016, five armed men had laid siege to the Artisan Bakery for 12 hours, taking dozens of hostages and killing 22, including nine Italians and seven Japanese nationals.

The Islamic State had claimed responsibility for the attack although the government had maintained the attack was masterminded by the JMB.

Between 2013 and 2016, Bangladesh had witnessed a wave of Islamist attacks against religious minorities, foreigners, gay activists, intellectuals and bloggers critical of fundamentalism.

--IANS

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 19:38 IST
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