SC acquits murder convict after 13 years


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday acquited a man convicted of murder and handed down life term by a sessions court in 2005.

The man, identified as Intezar, had pleaded guilty in front of the judicial magistrate.

The three-member bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, however, ruled that magistrate did not meet the legal requirement at the time of confession.

Hearing the case at Supreme Court Karachi Registry, Justice Khosa said the judicial magistrate didn’t mentally prepare the suspect before the confession.

In 2005, Intezar was arrested after alleged to have killed a businessman named Hafeezur Rehman over a monetary dispute.

Hearing the case, the sessions court sentenced the suspect to life in jail.

The verdict was challenged in the high court, which acquitted the suspect due to lack of evidence. The verdict, however, was challenged in the top court.

The court rejected the petition challenging the suspect’s acquittal by the high court.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court acquitted three convicts, including a woman, in a case pertaining to the murder of her parents, after 20 years.

In 1998, Asma Nawab was alleged to have planned murder of her parents over love marriage.

Asma and two other suspects, Muhammad Farhan Khan and Javed Ahmed Siddiqui, had appealed against their death sentences in the top court.

The top court bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, at Supreme Court Karachi Registry, accepted their petitions, nullified their sentences and ordered the immediate release of the suspects.

In its verdict, the court observed that there was no concrete evidence against the suspects, and faulty pieces of evidence were submitted to the court.


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