The High Court has commuted the death sentences of seven militants convicted in connection with the July 1, 2016 attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery. Justice Shahidul Karim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman commuted the death sentences of Jahangir Hossain, Aslam Hossain Rash, Hadisur Rahman, Rakibul Hasan Regan, Md Abdus Sabur Khan, Shariful Islam Khaled, and Mamunur Rashid Ripon to imprisonment until death on Monday.
The court set the verdict delivery date for October 30 on October 11th. As confirmed by Deputy Attorney General Bashir Ahmed and defense attorney Ariful Islam, this decision was made following the conclusion of the case’s hearing on the death reference and appeals. According to the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), the High Court reviews all death sentences issued by lower tribunals prior to their finalization. Five militants armed with firearms, machetes, and grenades invaded the upscale restaurant located in the diplomatic zone of Gulshan on July 1, 2016. During the attack, the assailants seized diners as hostages and then murdered three Bangladeshis, seven Japanese, nine Italians, and one Indian.