Sri Lankan citizen's murder: ATC awards death penalty to six convicts

Sri Lankan citizen’s murder: ATC awards death penalty to six convicts

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Lahore: The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Monday sentenced six defendants to death for their involvement in the murder of Sri Lankan factory manager Priyantha Kumara.

A total of 89 men have been charged in the murder, nine of which are minors. Among them, the court sentenced 9 people to life imprisonment and 72 to 2 years in prison.

Meanwhile, one offender, Ali Asghar, was jailed for five years, one of whom was acquitted.

Those sentenced to death included Ali Hussain, Abu Talha, Muhammad Hameer, Taimur, Abdul Rehman and Mohammad Arshad.

Meanwhile, Rohail Amjad, Mohammad Shoaib, Ehtisham, Imran Riaz, Sajid Ameen, Zaigham Mehdi, Ali Hamza, Luqman Haider, and Abdul Saboor are among the nine convicts who have been awarded life imprisonment.

Last year, a brutal mob beat to death and set alight Priyantha Kumara, a 48-year-old Sri Lankan citizen and factory manager in Punjab’s city of Sialkot. The then prime minister Imran Khan had condemned the vigilante violence and vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The anti-terrorism court completed the trial of the case in Kot Lakhpat Jail. Both the prosecution and the defence had concluded their arguments in the case that was heard on a daily basis. The statements of the investigation officers and eyewitnesses had also been recorded.

During the trial, presided over by judge Natasha Naseem, the prosecution had brought to court 46 eyewitnesses. Furthermore, it submitted as evidence the CCTV footage of 10 cameras installed at the site of the murder, as well as videos taken from the mobile phones of 55 accused men.

The investigation and trial were completed by a five-member team led by prosecutor Abdul Rauf Wattoo.

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