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Sunday 17th of December 2017 09:57 AM

Gulshan attack: Tahmid denied bail again

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Dhaka Bangladesh : Dhaka: A Dhaka court on Sunday once again denied bail to Toronto University student Tahmid Hasib Khan in connection with the Gulshan terror attack.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Mahmudul Hasan passed the order after Tahmid’s counsel M Masud Arif Bhuiyan Hanif filed a petition seeking his bail, reports UNB quoting court police sub-inspector Rana Kumar Bhakta.

Earlier on 20 August, Tahmid was ordered to be held in custody.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Delwar Hossain made the order after Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit Inspector Humayan Kabir placed Tahmid, a Bangladeshi born Canadian, before the court following his stay in police custody for interrogation for six days.

Earlier, the police officer filed a petition with the court seeking permission for holding Tahmid (22) in judicial custody mentioning that police had found a huge amount of information from him during the interrogation and if the court granted bail to him, the investigation might have been hampered.

The court also rejected the bail petition filed by Tahmid’s lawyer.

On 13 August, the court of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Golam Nabi sent Tahmid to police custody for six days in connection with a Gulshan restaurant attack case after he was placed before the court following an eight-day interrogation.

A team of the CTTC arrested former North South University teacher Abul Hasnat Rezaul Karim (47), and Tahmid on 3 August from the city’s Gulshan and Bashundhara areas respectively for their suspected link to the attack that killed 22 people last month. The attack was claimed by Islamic State.

They were shown arrested under Section 54 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). British national Abul Hasnat and Candian national Tahmid Hasib Khan were rescued along with 11 others during the commando operation at the Holey Artisan Bakery at the city’s diplomatic zone Gulshan on 2 July following a 12-hour hostage standoff.

The siege was by far the deadliest in a string of attacks claimed by Islamist groups which have blighted Bangladesh over the last three years.

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