Zainab rape and murder; Pakistan court awards death penalty to accused
As the case has caused international furore, a Pakistani anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Saturday delivered its verdict in the seven-yr-old Zainab Ansari’s rape and murder case.
The accused Imran Ali was handed over four counts of death penalty by the court.
The verdict was announced by ATC judge Sajjad Ahmed at Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore.
The court also sentenced Imran Ali to life imprisonment and imposed Rs 1 million fine.
It was also history in the making for Pakistan as a trial was completed in four days with 13-hour-long proceedings daily.
He said the trial in the rape and murder of other seven girls against the suspect is underway as legal requirements have to be fulfilled yet.
Seven-year-old Zainab Ansari went missing on January 4 on her way back to home from maternal aunt’s house. On January 8, her body was found in a garbage dump in the city of Kasur.
She had marks of torture on her body and had also been raped, according to medical reports.>