Dhaka, February 16
A special anti-terrorism tribunal on Tuesday sentenced five members of a banned Islamist militant group, including a fugitive army major, to death and a sixth man to life in prison for killing a prominent Bangladeshi-American atheist blogger, Avijit Roy, in 2015.
Roy, a 42-year-old Bangladesh-born US citizen, was hacked to death by Islamist militants just after he left a book fair at the Dhaka University on February 26, 2015. His wife Rafida Ahmed was injured. Roy was an outspoken critic of religious fundamentalism. — PTI