A special court in Dhaka on Tuesday sentenced six people to death for killing journalist Xulhaz Mannan and his theatre-activist friend Mahbub Tonoy in 2016.
Judge Mojibur Rahman of the Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal, also imposed a fine of Tk 50,000 on the convicts. However, the court acquitted two other accused in the case.
The convicts sentenced to death are Syed Mohammad Ziaul Haque alias Major Zia, Mozammel Hossain alias Simon, Arafat Rahman, Sheikh Abdullah, Md Asadullah, and Akram Hossain alias Abir. They are suspected to be members of the banned militant outfit Ansar-Al-Islam.
Zia and Akram are currently on the run.