Six Islamic militants sentenced to death for brutal murder of gay rights activists
Six members of an Islamic militant group have been sentenced to death for the brutal murder of two prominent Bangladeshi gay rights activists.
Bangladesh’s LGBT+ community was left in shock in April 2016 when Xulhaz Mannan, 35, and Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy, 25, were found hacked to death in Mannan’s apartment. Mannan was the editor of Bangladesh’s first ever LGBT+ magazine Roopban, and Tonoy was an actor.
Ansar Al Islam, a regional arm of al Qaeda later claimed responsibility for the murders, and eight men were charged with murder in 2019.
A special tribunal found six of those men guilty of murder and sentenced them to death on Tuesday (31 August), according to Reuters. Two others – both of whom are currently on the run – were acquitted, public prosecutor Golam Sarwar Khan