Bangladesh police escort Minhajul Abedin Russel (R), Russel Chowdhury (2R), Shakhawat Hossain (2L) and Tamjid Ahmed Rubel ( L) after they were arrested over the murder of Italian citizen Cesare Tavella in Dhaka on October 26, 2015. Photograph: (AFP)
Bangladeshi Nationalist Party leader MA Quayum is accused of providing money and arms to Tavella's attackers
A Dhaka metropolitan court on Tuesday indicted seven people, including a Bangladeshi Nationalist Party leader and his brother, for the murder of Italian citizen Cesare Tavella at the capital diplomatic enclave in Gulshan in September 2015.
The court has fixed November 24 for the start of the trial.
Fifty-year-old Tavella, an aid-worker, was shot dead by armed men on September 28, 2015.
“We found the perpetrators of the killings,” Monirul Islam, chief of Bangladesh’s Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime told WION.
Apart from BNP leader MA Quayum and Abdul Matin, the five other accused are: Tamjid Ahmed Rubel, Russell Chowdhury, Minhajul Arefin, also known as Bhagne Russell, Shakhawat Hossain Sharif, and Sohel alias Bhangari Sohel.
Five of the seven accused in the case have been arrested. BNP leader Quayum, who provided arms and money to the attacker, and Sohel are absconding.
“The person who provided the money and arms and gave the order to kill the foreign national was Quayum. He is still absconding. The chargesheet was submitted against seven persons," said Islam.
Tavella’s murder was one of the first attacks made on foreign nationals residing in Bangladesh.
Following the attack on Tavella, the British and Australian High Commissions and the American Embassy issued warnings of further attacks on foreign nationals and security was subsequently beefed up.
On July 1, 2016, nine Italians were among the 20 who were hacked to death in Dhaka's upscale Holey Artisan Bakery in one of the worst terror attacks in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh has been rattled by resumption of militant attacks since 2013. Political analysts have time and again said that the terror attacks have resurfaced as a result of a void in the democratic process.