A Dhaka court yesterday set February 10 for delivery of judgment against eight members of banned militant outfit Ansar Al Islam in a case filed over the murder of publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan in November in 2015.
Judge Majibur Rahman of the Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal set the date after conclusion of arguments from both sides.
The accused are: Ansar Al Islam's top commander Sayed Ziaul Haque alias Maj (sacked) Zia, killing squad leader Moinul Hasan Shamim alias Samir alias Imran, trainer Abdus Sabur alias Samad alias Sujon alias Raju, and top operatives Khairul Islam alias Fahim alias Jishan, Sheikh Abdullah, Abu Siddiq Sohel, Mozammel Hossain alias Saimon and Akram Hossein alias Hasib.
Of them, Zia and Akram are still at large while the rest are behind bars.
The tribunal recorded statements of 23 prosecution witnesses including the case's complainant.
On October 13, 2019, the tribunal framed charges against Zia and the seven others in the case.
Dipan (43), publisher of Jagriti Prokashani, was hacked to death at his office in Dhaka's Shahbagh on October 31, 2015.
Later, his wife filed the case with Shahbagh Police Station accusing unknown persons.
On November 15 of 2018, Assistant Commissioner of Detective Branch Fazlur Rahman submitted the charge sheet to the chief metropolitan magistrate of Dhaka.