A Dhaka court on Tuesday sentenced five members of banned militant outfit Ansar Al Islam to death and another to life imprisonment for killing blogger and writer Avijit Roy in 2015.
Judge Majibur Rahman of the Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal pronounced the verdict.
The condemned convicts are Maj (sacked) Ziaul Haque Zia, Mozammel Hossain alias Saymon, Abu Siddiq Sohel alias Sakib alias Sajid, Arafat Rahman Siam alias Sajjad and Akram Hossain Abir alias Adnan while the lifer is Shafiur Rahman Farabi.
Two of the convicts -- Zia and Akram –- were tried in absentia while the rest are in jail.
On February 26, 2015, Avijit, founder of Mukto-Mona blog, and his wife Rafida Ahmed Bonya were attacked by some unidentified assailants near TSC on the Dhaka University campus while the couple was returning home from the Amar Ekushey Book Fair.
Avijit, also an American citizen, died at the hospital after an hour while Bonya sustained critical injuries. She was later flown to the US. Police said militants targeted the blogger for his writings.
After the incident, Avijit’s father Prof Ajay Roy filed a case against unidentified assailants with Shahbagh Police Station.