Bangladesh court clears student of restaurant terror attack involvement

HTC DHAKA: A Bangladeshi court on Wednesday freed a Canadian university student of all charges of

involvement in a terror attack on a restaurant in July that left 20 hostages dead.
Dhaka’s Metropolitan Magistrate Nur Nabi passed the order after counter-terrorism investigator Humayun Kabir appealed for clearing Tahmid Hasib Khan, 22. The ruling ends a formal investigation against the undergraduate student of the University of Toronto.
Khan was arrested in August and has been held for interrogation since then even as his family claimed he was innocent and just a victim of the situation.
Abdullah Abu, a public prosecutor, said Khan was cleared of suspicion that he was involved in the July 1 siege of the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s Gulshan diplomatic zone. Seventeen foreigners including an Indian student were among the killed.
Khan did not face any formal charges as he was arrested under a law that allows security agencies to detain or arrest any persons on suspicion for investigation. “The court has cleared him of the case as investigators found no evidence against him,” Abu said. The court, however, said Khan would continue to face trial for his initial non-cooperation with the investigators.