Accused in motorway rape case sentenced to death
Lahore anti-terrorism court has sentenced both the accused in the motorway abuse case to death.
Anti-terrorism court Judge Arshad Hussain Bhatta delivered the verdict in the motorway abuse case in Camp Jail Lahore.
The court also sentenced the two accused Abid Malhi and Shafqat Ali to life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 50,000 each.
The anti-terrorism court had reserved its verdict on March 18 after the completion of the trial in the motorway gang rape case.
During the trial of the accused, the statements of 40 witnesses were recorded and a three-member special prosecution team recorded the statements of the witnesses in jail.
During the trial, the victim also appeared in the jail court, recorded her statement and identified the accused.
The final statements of the accused before the anti-terrorism court were also recorded and their cross-examination was completed.
It may be recalled that due to security concerns, the accused were tried in jail while a case was registered against the accused in Gujjarpura police station under other provisions including terrorism.
In the March 16 hearing in the anti-terrorism court, the statements of all 40 witnesses against the accused were recorded based on solid evidence.
Earlier on March 3, the court had indicted both the main accused Abid Malhi and Shafqat Ali while the accused had pleaded not guilty.
Police had filed a 200-page challan on February 20 after several court respite, in which the accused were found guilty.
Police recorded the statements of 40 witnesses in the challan and the challan said that Abid Malhi and Shafqat Baga had robbed and raped the woman.
The challan said that the accused were identified in the parade jail and their DNA was also matched which matched while both the accused have also confessed their guilt during interrogation.