Zahir Jaffer murder trial: 12 suspects to be indicted today

Oct 14, 2021: An additional and sessions court on Thursday (today) will indict 12 accused, including Zahir Jaffer, in the Noor case murder case.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has directed the trial court to complete the trial proceedings in two months. Additional Sessions Judge Ata Rabbani had fixed October 14 for the issuance of formal charge sheets to the accused. Six accused, including Zahir Zahir, the main accused from Adiala Jail, will be produced in court, while six workers of Therapy Works, who are currently out on bail, will also attend the important hearing.

Police had sent Noor Muqaddam and Zahir Jaffer’s mobile phones and laptops to the FIA ​​for forensic examination and the report was still pending. The court distributed copies of the challan to the accused on September 23 and again on October 6.

However, during the last hearing, the court rejected the pleas of the accused for providing CCTV footage and digital evidence.

Tahir Zahoor, CEO of Therapy Works, and Zakir Jaffer and Ismat Adamji, parents of the main accused, have separately challenged the rejection of their plea in the Islamabad High Court.

Islamabad High Court Judge Amir Farooq will hear the petition of Tahir Zahoor today. The petitioner has requested that the High Court quash the decision of the Sessions Court issued on October 7. It has requested that all documents be provided before the trial begins, including digital evidence and CCTV footage of the incident.

Zahir’s parents have also challenged the October 14 indictment date and demanded that the trial court’s decision be quashed. They also said that the trial court did not provide them with CCTV footage and other evidence.

Earlier, the trial court had adjourned the trial of the accused after seeking statements, evidence and other relevant evidence before the trial. Defendants argued that the provision of all relevant evidence and testimony to the defendants was a prerequisite for a fair trial under Section 10.

Zahir Jafar’s parents and his servants are also accused of abetting and concealing evidence.

According to the challan, the employees of the therapy works tried to cover up the crime and destroy the evidence. The interim challan said that an employee of the therapy works who was injured by Jaffar but did not even register the incident and his injury was attributed to a road accident.

It said the photos and fingerprints stored in the DVR also belonged to the accused. According to the August 12 DNA report, the main accused raped the victim. No poison or medication was found in the victim, the report said.

The interim challan also said that the victim jumped out of the washroom and fled, however, the gatekeeper did not help her.

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