Imran Ali files appeal against death sentence at LHC

February 20, 2018

LAHORE: Imran Ali, who was found guilty by the anti-terrorism court of raping and murdering seven-year-old Zainab, filed an appeal at Lahore High Court against his death sentence on Tuesday. 

According to details, Imran Ali stated in his appeal petition filed at the Lahore High Court that the death sentence handed out to him by the anti-terrorism court should be declared null and void.

In his appeal, he stated that the anti-terrorism court had made a hasty decision and that legal standards were not fulfilled during the trial.

A special anti-terrorism court on Saturday handed four death sentences and one life imprisonment to Imran Ali, charged with raping and murdering a little girl Zainab, in a case that shocked the nation and sparked countrywide protests against child abuse.

Imran Ali, 24, had killed Zainab in Kasur city of Punjab last month.

He faces further charges in the cases of eight other children attacked in the city — five of whom were murdered.

He has confessed to all eight attacks, including the death of Zainab.

Ali was handed four separate death sentences after being convicted of the rape and murder of Zainab, as well as terrorism charges.

Under Pakistani law, crimes that are considered to have spread terror in society can be charged as acts of terrorism.

Prosecutor general of Punjab, Ihtesham Qadir, Imran received further life imprisonment and fines totalling 3.2 million rupees for additional charges of hiding his victim’s body.

One million rupees of the fine would be given in compensation to Zainab’s family, public prosecutor Abdul Rauf Wattoo said.

The trial was held in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat prison for security reasons.