DHAKA: Harkat-ul Jihad al Islami leader Mufti Abdul Hannan (centre) is accompanying by a police officer as he appears in a court on Monday.—AFP
Verdict over Bangladesh bombings delayed
DHAKA: A Bangladesh court on Monday delayed its verdict against a group of Islamic militants accused of carrying out a 2001 bomb attack on the main Bengali New Year celebrations which killed 10 people.
Nine of the 14 accused were in the dock amid tight security at the court in the capital Dhaka when Judge Ruhul Amin announced he would now hand down his verdict next Monday, June 23, saying he “needed more time”.
After eight years of investigation and another five years of protracted trial the lower court last month set the case for verdict for June 16 with prosecutors seeking death penalty for each of the 14 accused.
“We hope the court will sentence them to death,” prosecutor S.M. Zahid Hossain said ahead of Monday’s hearing.
“The court must send a message that this kind of heinous act won’t be tolerated in the country,” Hossain added.