PAKISTAN: LHC ACQUITS TWO DEATH ROW CONVICTS AFTER 9 YEARS
January 31, 2021:
The Lahore High Court (LHC) on 27 January 2021 acquitted two death row convicts who had been serving prison time for the past 9 years. The court acquitted the convicts over lack of solid evidence against them. (Sources: The Nation, 28/01/2021)
The division bench comprising Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan and Justice Shehram Sarwar Chaudhry acquitted the convicts, Imran Javed and Niamat Ali, while allowing their appeals against death penalty by the trial court.
A counsel for convicts argued before the court that Balochini police of Faisalabad registered a case against the convicts and others on 4 October 2011 over murder of Muhammad Gulzar, Muhammad Irshad, Babar Ali, Nazir Hussain and another.
It was alleged that the convicts and others killed the victims who were going to district courts on a 'tanga'.