On Sunday, Sept. 8, Metropolitan Sessions Court Judge Zahurul Haque said he had accepted charges filed by police in two separate cases against the atheist bloggers, according to a report filed by AP.
The four atheist bloggers - Moshiur Rahman Biplob, Subrata Odhikary Shuvo, Russel Parvez and Asif Mohiuddin - will be the first to be tried under Bangladesh's recently amended and controversial Information and Communication Technology Act.
Last January, one of the charged, popular atheist blogger Asif Mohiuddin, was stabbed multiple times in the neck and upper body by a group of Islamic fundamentalists in a suburb of the capital city of Uttara.
Last April, hundreds of thousands of Muslims rallied in Bangladesh's capital, chanting "God is great, hang the atheist bloggers," and demanding that authorities enact anti-blasphemy laws to punish people who insult Islam.
New York-based Human Rights Watch have condemned the arrests, noting that the four atheist bloggers had posted articles critical of the government’s attempts to appease Islamists.
Trial is set for Nov. 6. If convicted, the atheist bloggers face up to 14 years in prison and a hefty fine.