Pakistan court hands down four death sentences in child murder case

Pakistan minor's killer gets four death sentences

On February 12, the judge asked Imran whether he accepts the charges, but he pleaded not guilty, after which the court indicted him in the case and started regular proceedings.

It is pertinent to mention that the court has completed the whole trial procedure and recorded all the evidence even after the convict recorded his confessional statement.

The verdict also announced a one-million-rupee fine ($10,000) for the accused, Ehtasham Qadir, prosecutor general Punjab, told reporters.

Zainab's father, Haji Muhammad Amin, had arrived in Kot Lakhpat to witness the verdict early this morning.

Security had been increased in and around the central jail and the movement of everyone going in and out of the jail is being monitored.

The charges include kidnapping, rape, murder and terrorism. He also thanked Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar for taking the personal interest in the case.

Ali was arrested in January, two weeks after the body of 7-year-old Zainab Ansari was found in a garbage dump in Kasur, about 340 kilometers (210 miles) south of the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.

In Kasur, protesters angered at what they perceived as authorities' inaction, smashed police cars and tried to burn down the police station; two people died in clashes. The Government of Punjab indicated n that sample taken with Ali "corresponded 100%" with remains found in girl, and that defendant confessed crime after having undergone test of polygraph.

The Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 also requires trial court to proceed with the trial on day-to-day basis and decide the case within seven working days.

Zainab's brutal murder sparked anti-government demonstrations across the country. Under Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), a trial should be concluded in seven days but it was never materialised previously during the last 21 years. The police then matched the DNA with the convicted killer. When the medical reports revealed that she had been raped before being brutally killed, it sparked a massive outrage in the country.

Ali was also fined Rs 20 lakh for sodomy and hiding the body of Zainab and disrespecting her body by throwing it in the trash heap, reported Pakistan Today.

Zainab's mother Nusrat Bibi demanded he be executed in public.

Zainab's family will receive $15,530 from the attacker.

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