Sri Lankan citizen’s murder: ATC gives death penalty to six convicts

LAHORE: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Monday sentenced six accused to capital punishment for their involvement in the murder of the Sri Lankan factory manager Priyantha Kumara.

A total 89 men had been indicated in the murder case, of which nine are minors. Among these, the court has awarded life imprisonment to nine, while 712 convicts have ben awarded two years of jail time.

Meanwhile, one convict, Ali Asghar, was awarded five years of jail time and one person has been acquitted in the case.

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Those awarded the death penalty include Ali Hussain, Abu Talha, Muhammad Hameer, Taimur, Abdul Rehman, and Mohammad Arshad.

Meanwhile, Rohail Amjad, Mohammad Shoaib, Ehtisham, Imran Riaz, Sajid Ameen, Zaigham Mehdi, Ali Hamza, Luqman Haider, and Abdul Saboor are among the nine convicts who have been awarded life imprisonment.

Last year, a brutal mob beat to death and set alight Priyantha Kumara, a 48-year-old Sri Lankan citizen and factory manager in Punjab’s city of Sialkot. The then prime minister Imran Khan had condemned the vigilante violence and vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The anti-terrorism court completed the trial of the case in Kot Lakhpat Jail. Both the prosecution and the defence had concluded their arguments in the case that was heard on a daily basis. The statements of the investigation officers and eyewitnesses had also been recorded.

During the trial, presided over by judge Natasha Naseem, the prosecution had brought to court 46 eyewitnesses. Furthermore, it submitted as evidence the CCTV footage of 10 cameras installed at the site of the murder, as well as videos taken from the mobile phones of 55 accused men.

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The investigation and trial were completed by a five-member team headed by public prosecutor Abdul Rauf Wattoo.

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