An anti-terrorism court docket on Monday awarded dying sentence to 6 and handed life imprisonment to 9 because it introduced its verdict in Sri Lankan citizen Priyantha Kumara’s lynching case.
Seventy-two others nominated within the case got two years of jail sentence of every, one particular person was given a sentence of 5 years whereas one other was acquitted, Punjab Prosecution Department Secretary Nadeem Sarwar mentioned in a press convention held in Lahore.
Kumara was lynched by a mob comprising lots of of protesters, together with the workers of the manufacturing facility in Sialkot he was the supervisor of, on December 3. The mob had tortured him to dying and later burnt his physique.
The particulars of the fines and sentences are as follows:
- Six convicts awarded dying sentence on two counts and fee of Rs200,000 as compensation to the deceased’s authorized heirs
- Nine convicts awarded life imprisonment together with fee of Rs200,000 as high-quality and Rs200,000 as compensation to the authorized heirs
- Seventy-two convicts sentenced to 2 years of rigorous imprisonment every on three counts and one yr every on two counts
- One convict awarded sentence of 5 years
- One particular person acquitted within the case
A primary data report was registered towards 900 staff of Rajco Industries on the applying of Uggoki Station House Officer Armaghan Maqt below sections 302, 297, 201, 427, 431, 157, 149 of the Pakistan Penal Code and seven and 11WW of the Anti-Terrorism Act. Scores of suspects had been arrested within the following days.
The incident had seen widespread outrage and condemnation throughout Pakistan with politicians, students and civil society members calling for swift punishment to be meted out to the perpetrators.
“The prosecution team presented a total of 43 witnesses in order to prove the crime against suspects,” Sarwar mentioned within the press convention at the moment, including that forensic, audio and video proof was additionally used to show the crime.
“In lower than a month, the prosecution accomplished the testimonies of witnesses. After that, the court docket gave them full probability to defend themselves. Today, the ATC Gujranwala, upon the crime being confirmed, has punished 88 accused whereas one has been acquitted.
“This is a very good day as the law punished those who took away an innocent life. It is now hoped that the elements spreading religious extremism will be dealt in the same manner.”
The ATC had indicted 89 people on March 12. According to the challan submitted by the police, 80 of the accused are adults whereas 9 of them are minors.
Judge Natasha Naseem had carried out the trial in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail.
The statements of the accused had been recorded below Section 342 of the Code of Criminal Procedures (CrPC).
Five prosecutors, together with Senior Special Prosecutor Abdul Rauf Wattoo, appeared throughout the trial. The prosecution had made 46 eyewitnesses a part of the challan.
According to the challan, a replica of which is offered with Dawn.com, movies, digital proof, DNA proof, forensic proof, eyewitnesses, together with Kumara’s colleague who had tried to save lots of him from the mob, had been made a part of the investigation.
It said that footage from 10 digital video recorders within the manufacturing facility was despatched for forensic evaluation, whereas the accused had been traced through movies from social media and photographs recovered from the cell phones of 55 accused.