ATC convicts first suspect in Priyantha Kumara lynching case


GUJRANWALA: The first conviction in the Priyantha Kumara lynching case came from the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC), where a suspect was sentenced to one year in prison.

According to the details, the suspect, identified as Adnan, took to social media to defend Priyantha Kumara, who was lynched at the Sialkot factory, and later pleaded guilty in court.

He registered a case at Rang Pura Police Station in Sialkot, accusing him of participating in a crime.

An ATC judge sentenced him to one year in jail and fined Rs 10,000 when he handed down his verdict today.

Priyantha Kumara, a 49-year-old Sri Lankan national, was lynched by a mob at a factory in Sialkot on December 3, where he worked as manager.

A first information report (FIR) was registered against hundreds of unidentified men, including workers of the factory. Scores have since been arrested and are facing investigation.

The Punjab government and the prosecution team in December decided to conduct the jail trial of the high-profile case due to security concerns.

Recently, a special anti-terrorism court (ATC) granted physical remand of 34 accused in lynching of a Sri Lankan national Priyantha Kumara in Sialkot.

Police produced 34 accused of the lynching incident on completion of the previous remand before ATC Judge Natasha Naseem Sipra and requested for extension in the physical remand of the accused. The judge admitted the request and granted a 13-day remand.

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