Lahore motorway rape: Abid Malhi, Shafqat Ali sentenced to death by Anti Terrorism Court

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A Lahore Anti Terrorism Court on Saturday sentenced Abid Malhi and Shafqat Ali to death for gang-raping a woman on the Lahore-Sialkot motorway last year.

The verdict was retained on Thursday and announced today by the judge of the Anti-Terrorism Court Arshad Hussein Bart.

The judge arrived at the prison at 5 pm and pronounced the sentence 25 minutes later.

This is a landmark decision because it is the first time that a criminal in a gang rape case has been sentenced to death.

Both the culprits were also given a life imprisonment sentence, and slapped with a fine of Rs50,000 each.

The decision comes six and a half months after the crime took place.

The judgment was announced in the presence of the local magistrate, police officials, the defendant, and the culprits.

The culprits will be transferred from Camp Jail to Kot Lakhpat Jail, where the sentence will be carried out.

As many as 50 witnesses appeared in court to testify.

In 2018, Imran Ali, who was found guilty of raping seven-year-old Zainab from Kasur, was sentenced to death and hanged the same year.

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