Pak court gives four death sentences to Zainab's killer

Pauline Gross
February 18, 2018

Eight-year-old Zainab Amin's body was found lying dead in a trash heap in Kasur on January 9, 2018. Her death brought rampaging mobs onto the streets in search of her killer.

Imran was handed four separate death sentences after being convicted of the rape and murder of Zainab, as well as terrorism charges, prosecutor general of Punjab province Ihtesham Qadir said after a special anti-terrorism court passed its judgement.

Angered over her murder at the time, residents attacked a police station, sparking clashes in which two persons were killed. An anti-terrorism court handed him four counts of death penalty, one life term and a fine of 32 lakh Pakistani rupees (approximately Rs 18.63 lakh), Dawn reported.

The ATC judge would announce the verdict on Saturday (tomorrow) at the Central Jail, Kot Lakhpat, where the trial proceedings were held on the request of the prosecution.

State prosecutor Ehtesham Qadir said Imran Ali, who had pleaded guilty during the five-day trial, was in the courtroom for the verdict.

Ali also confessed that he had raped and murdered nine girls.

The girl, who was living with her maternal aunt, had gone to attend Quran class in the neighbourhood on January 4 when she was allegedly abducted.

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Imran Ali has confessed to eight attacks on children in Pakistan, six of whom were murdered.

Protesters accused the government of inaction and a media campaign subsequently led to Ali's arrest.

The lawyer claimed his conscience did not allow him to defend a serial killer.

The girl's mother said, "We want that the suspect should be stoned to death for his crime as hanging in jail is a punishment which is given to other criminals but this beast deserves either public hanging or stoned to death".

At least two people have been convicted in connection with that case, in which authorities say hundreds of children in the district were abused.

At least 10 such cases a day of child abuse are reported in Pakistan, according to Sahil, a non-governmental organisation that works on child protection. The prosecutor informed the court that the forensic report and polygraph test proved that Imran murdered Zainab, reported Geo News.

Other reports by GizPress

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