Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Pakistan killer, rapist sentenced to death

Pakistan killer, rapist sentenced to death

An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan gave four death sentences to a man it found guilty of raping and murdering a six-year old girl.

Imran was arrested in January, two weeks after authorities say he raped and killed 7-year-old Zainab Ansari and threw her body into a garbage dump in the city of Kasur. Her death brought rampaging mobs onto the streets in search of her killer.

After the court passed its judgement, prosecutor general of Punjab Ihtesham Qadir said that Ali was handed four separate death sentences after being convicted of rape and murder of Zainab, reported The News of Pakistan.

Residents of Kasur have said the murder of the seven-year-old girl was the 12th such incident in a year.

On Saturday, Imran was handed four death sentences and life imprisonment following a five-day trial, reports the AP.

"My daughter has gone, she will not come back, but I want to save daughters of other people", he said, according to the AP.

The killing sparked calls for the public execution of Ali after officials said his DNA had been recovered from the scene of the crime and matched samples from similar cases.

Shah explained that the convict can appeal the sentence in 15 days, though he predicted no relief, citing "irrefutable" evidence police have gathered against Ali, including his personal confession.

Showing concerns about the fairness of the trial inside jail, rights activist and senior lawyer Asad Jamal said the trial could not be held in a free and fair manner unless the suspect was given an ample opportunity to defend himself through a counsel of his choice.

The following is a timeline starting from Zainab's abduction till the verdict.

Imran Ali was identified as one of Zainab's neighbours. Zainab was kidnapped from near her aunt's house in Kasur on January 4.

The public demand for immediate arrest of the culprit resulted in an unprecedented search in which nearly all law enforcement and secret agencies took part.

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.

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