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SC delivers Mukhtaran Mai case verdict

Staff ReportISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) has Thursday set free all the accused save Abdul Khaliq in Mukhtaran Mai case. According to the SC ruling, Abdul Khaliq will go the complete length of his life sentence term; he will be given benefit under clause-382 of criminal law. The court released all other accused.It should be mentioned...

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 21, 2011 | Last Updated: 11 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Apr 21, 2011 | Last Updated: 11 years ago

Staff ReportISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) has Thursday set free all the accused save Abdul Khaliq in Mukhtaran Mai case. According to the SC ruling, Abdul Khaliq will go the complete length of his life sentence term; he will be given benefit under clause-382 of criminal law. The court released all other accused.It should be mentioned here that Lahore High Court (LHC) turned his death sentence into life imprisonment, which was upheld by the SC in its ruling made public today.A three-member SC bench including Justice Saqib Nisar and Justice Nasirul Mulk with Justice Shakirullah heading it, delivered the verdict. Justice Saqib Nisar read out the verdict.The SC reserved the judgment on January 27, which was delivered today after six years of suo motu case. It should be mentioned here that Mukhtar Mai was allegedly gang-raped in Meerwala locality of Muzaffargarh in 2002 at the behest of a local punchayat. An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Dera Ghazi Khan sentenced five out of the six accused to death and fined them, but the LHC’s Multan Bench acquitted five of the accused.At least 14 people were named as accused in the case; eight of them were freed by ATC; while, the remaining six were awarded death sentence. Later on, LHC set free five of the six accused. On this, the SC took suo motu notice of the case and Abddul Khaliq. Also, Mukhtaran Mai filed separate appeals at the apex court. SAMAA

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