SC acquits death row convict after 12 years

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Islamabad

Supreme Court acquitted Thursday a death sentence convicted 12 years ago. Riaz Ahmad was awarded capital punishment by a Sadiqabad sessions judge in a murder case in 2005, which was later maintained by the Lahore High Court (LHC). He had been implicated for murdering Aamir Farooq.
Hearing the suspect’s appeal against the LHC order, a three-judge bench of the apex court headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa ordered his acquittal, giving him benefit of doubt on murder charges.
Meanwhile, it is reported that Supreme Court Thursday dismissed an appeal for acquittal filed by a life sentence convict. Mudassar Ali was awarded capital punishment by a Faisalabad sessions judge in a murder case in 2001, which was later converted into life imprisonment by the Lahore High Court (LHC). He had been implicated for murdering Shah Mand Ali.
A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa heard the case and remarked that it was unfortunate that applicants who filed murder cases make relatives witnesses to form a fake story.
He remarked that if police did not include any name as witness then it was duty of the court to summon that witness who was included as witnesses by applicants. He remarked that murderer was killer of accused Mudassar’s father.—APP