A Dhaka court on Wednesday sentenced eight members of banned militant outfit Ansar Al Islam to death in a case filed over the murder of publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan.
Judge Md Majibur Rahman of the Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal delivered the judgment.
The convicts are Ansar Al Islam's top commander Sayed Ziaul Haque alias Maj (sacked) Zia, Moinul Hasan Shamim alias Samir alias Imran, Abdus Sabur alias Samad alias Sujon alias Raju, Khairul Islam alias Fahim alias Jishan, Sheikh Abdullah, Abu Siddiq Sohel, Mozammel Hossain alias Saimon and Akram Hossein alias Hasib.
Of them, Major Zia and Akram are still absconding while the rest are behind bars.
Jagriti Prokashani publisher Dipan, also son of Dhaka University's former professor Abul Quasem Fazlul Huq, was stabbed to death at his office in Shahbagh on October 31, 2015.
On November 2 that year, Razia Rahman, the victim's wife, filed the case with Shahbagh Police Station accusing some unknown persons.
On November 14, 2018, Assistant Commissioner Md Fazlur Rahman of Detective Branch (DB) of police pressed charges against the eight members of banned militant outfit.
The tribunal framed charges against them on October 13, 2019.