PAKISTAN: TWO TOP RANKING ARMY OFFICERS AND A CIVILIAN SENTENCED ON ESPIONAGE CHARGES AND LEAKING SENSITIVE INFORMATION
June 11, 2019: Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has endorsed the death sentence to a retired army officer and a civilian and rigorous imprisonment to one army officer on charges of "espionage/leakage of sensitive information to foreign agencies prejudice to the national security", a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on 30 May 2019.
"The officers were tried under Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and Official Secret Act by separate Field General Court Marshal (FGCM) for separate cases," said the statement.
According to the military's media wing, the three men — Lieutenant General (retd) Javed Iqbal, Brigadier (retd) Raja Rizwan, and Dr Wasim Akram, an employee at a sensitive organisation — were convicted of espionage activities and leaking sensitive information to foreign spy agencies.
Lt-Gen (retd) Javed Iqbal was awarded 14 years rigorous imprisonment. Brigadier (retd) Raja Rizwan and Dr Wasim Akram were awarded death sentences. (Sources: gulfnews.com, 30/05/2019)