— A court in Bangladesh
sentenced two people to death and six others to prison terms on Thursday for killing a secular blogger and activist in 2013, the first sentences in a series of killings of bloggers in Bangladesh.
Among the eight men convicted in the killing of the blogger, Rajib Haider, was Jasimuddin Rahmani, the leader of a banned Islamic militant group, Ansarullah Bangla Team, who is currently in prison. Mr. Rahmani received a five-year sentence for inciting the other men to kill Mr. Haider, said Mahbubur Rahman, a state prosecutor.
Mr. Haider, an architect and blogger who was critical of the Islamist political party Jamaat-e-Islami in Bangladesh, was hacked to death by machete-wielding assailants on the road near his home in Dhaka, the capital, in February 2013. The assailants were students at a private university, Mr. Rahman said.
Two of the students were sentenced to death, one of whom, Redwanul Azad Rana, is a fugitive. One of the other assailants — all of whom are already in prison — was sentenced to life. Three were given 10 years and one a three-year sentence.
Four other bloggers and a publisher have been killed in Bangladesh this year in a rise in violence against liberal secular activists critical of Islamist parties.