Trial be­gins in at­tack on Bangladesh cafe in which 22 died

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A spe­cial tri­bunal has be­gun the trial of eight sus­pected Is­lamic mil­i­tants in an at­tack on a restau­rant in Bangladesh’s cap­i­tal in which 22 peo­ple in­clud­ing 17 for­eign­ers were killed.

Twenty hostages, in­clud­ing 17 from Ja­pan, Italy and In­dia, were killed when five mil­i­tants at­tacked the Ho­ley Ar­ti­san Bak­ery in 2016.

The mil­i­tants were killed by com­man­does in­side the cafe dur­ing a 12-hour stand­off. Two se­cu­rity of­fi­cials died later in a hospi­tal.

The trial be­gan Mon­day with tes­ti­mony by a po­lice of­fi­cial, Ripon Ku­mar Das, who de­scribed events as he and other of­fi­cials re­sponded when five young men stormed the cafe and held the din­ers hostage.

De­fense lawyers are to cross ex­am­ine Das on Tues­day.

The sus­pects face var­i­ous charges in­clud­ing mur­der, and if con­victed could re­ceive cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment.

– AP

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