An anti-terrorism special tribunal in Dhaka on Wednesday ordered to release Bangladeshi-British Hasnat Karim as he was dropped from a charge sheet submitted on July 23 over the 2016 Holey Artisan attack that killed 29 people including five suspected attackers.
Hasnat, a former North South University teacher, is likely to be released today if necessary documents could be brought to Kashimpur Central Jail on time, the police said.
Judge Mujibur Rahman of the anti-terrorism special tribunal passed the order after accepting the charge sheet in the deadliest extremist attack in the country in recent years.
The tribunal also issued arrest warrants for two, out of eight, suspects— Mamunur Rashid Ripon and Shariful Islam Khaled—named in the charge sheet and asked the Gulshan police officer-in-charge to submit his report on its implementation by August 16.
On July 23, the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police submitted the charge sheet against Jahangir Alam alias Rajib Gandhi, Mahmudul Hasan Mizan, Sohel Mahfuz, Rashidul Islam alias Rash, Boro Mizan, Hadisur Rahman Sagar, Mamunur Rashid Ripon and Shariful Islam Khaled.
Hasnat Karim was rescued along with 12 others during the commando operation at the Holey Artisan Bakery in the city’s Gulshan area on July 2, 2016 following a 12-hour hostage standoff. And his whereabouts was unknown for a month after he was taken by the security forces.
On July 1, 2016, armed extremists massacred 20 hostages including 17 foreigners—nine Italians, seven Japanese and one Indian—in the attack. Two police officers also lost their lives as they responded immediately. Five suspected attackers were killed in the commando operation.
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