A special anti-terrorism court has sentenced a man to 24 years in prison besides imposing a fine of Rs0.7 million for blackmailing women, many of whom were lady doctors, a private media outlet reported on Wednesday.
According to reports, Abdul Wahab, a resident of Layyah, was arrested in 2015 after it surfaced that he had blackmailed nearly 200 women, including lady doctors and nurses of some of Lahore’s government teaching hospitals, and extorted money from them.
A case against him had been registered at the Gawal Mandi police station in the provincial capital.
It was later revealed that most of the victims were house officers and postgraduate trainees from King Edward Medical University, Fatima Jinnah Medical University and Children Hospital, Lahore.
The convict used to introduce himself as an official of the “military intelligence”, said Dr Salman, on whose complaint the case was registered. Later, he was arrested on allegations of hacking the Whatsapp accounts of lady doctors, blackmailing them with “objectionable video clips and photos” and then extorting money from them.
During the trial, 31 witnesses recorded their statements as state counsel Abdul Rauf Wattoo presented arguments from the prosecution side.
After listening to final arguments from both sides, Judge Sajjad Ahmad sentenced the man to a total of 24 years in prison along with a fine of Rs0.7 million.