DHAKA A Bangladesh court docket handed down the dying sentence on Tuesday for 5 Islamist militants discovered responsible of killing a Japanese citizen, court docket officers mentioned.
Kunio Hoshi, 65, was gunned down in October 2015 by masked males on a bike on his approach to go to a grass farm undertaking within the northern district of Rangpur.
The killing got here lower than every week after an Italian support employee had been killed similarly in Dhaka’s diplomatic quarter.
Public prosecutor Rathish Chandra Bhawmik mentioned the 5 had conspired to kill Hoshi to destabilize the federal government and the nation.
Police mentioned the accused have been members of the banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh.
The court docket acquitted one defendant as costs towards him couldn’t be proved.
Assaults on foreigners are uncommon in Bangladesh. But it surely has seen a rising tide of Islamist violence over latest years, by which no less than six on-line critics of spiritual militancy have been hacked to dying, amongst them a U.S. citizen of Bangladesh origin.
Since 2013, a complete of 48 folks, together with 20 in cafe assault, have been killed or severely wounded by Islamist militants.
Abul Hossain, defending, mentioned he would attraction.
“We’re not glad with this judgment and we are going to go to the Supreme Court docket after getting full copy of the verdicts,” he mentioned.
(Reporting by Serajul Quadir and Hasibur Rahman Bilu from Rangpur; Enhancing by Rupam Jain and Nick Macfie)