LHC acquits death sentence accused over contradictory evidences

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The Lahore High Court on Tuesday acquitted a murder accused, Akhtar Abbas, who was found guilty of killing his sister and awarded death sentence by a trial court.

A two-judge bench of the Lahore High Court comprising Justice Shahram Sarwar Chaudhry and Justice Muhammad Amjad Rafiq acquitted Akhtar Abbas after five years saying there was contradiction in the medical report and the statement recorded by the eyewitnesses did not conform to the medical report.

The court overturned the death sentence on the grounds that the eyewitnesses were not present on the occasion and the trial court had also acquitted three other co-accuseds in this case.

Amjad Iqbal advocate appeared before the court on behalf of the accused. A session court had acquitted three co-accused: Mudassar, Ansar and Javed while it awarded death sentence to Akhtar Abbas.

Karana police in Sargodha registered a murder case of Rukhsana Bibi against the accused. The sessions court after finding accused Abbas guilty of murder of his sister pronounced death sentence for him.

The Punjab deputy prosecutor general opposed the acquittal plea of the accused in the court.

 

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