İrem UZUN -TDO- A Bangladesh court has handed death sentences to seven members of an Islamist militant group for plotting an attack on a cafe in 2016 that killed 22 people, mostly foreigners, in the south Asian country’s worst such incident. “Charges against them were proved beyond any doubt. The court gave them the highest punishment,” the public prosecutor Golam Sarwar Khan told reporters after the verdict in the capital, Dhaka, amid tight security.One of the eight people accused was acquitted, he added.Death sentences in Bangladesh are carried out by hanging.
On the evening of 1 July 2016, five gunmen burst into the Holey Artisan cafe in the up market Gulshan district of Dhaka. Armed with assault rifles and machetes, the young attackers opened fire and took diners hostage at gun-point. The attack saw victims inside the cafe, most of whom were foreigners, shot or hacked to death by the militants. After a 12-hour stand-off, the commandos stormed the building and rescued 13 hostages, killing all five militants behind the attack.The attack was claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS) group, but Bangladesh disputed this, instead holding a local militant group responsible.The seven convicted men were accused of belonging to Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), a home-grown Islamist group outlawed in the country.