SC acquits man after 14 years over lack of evidence


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday acquitted a man after serving fourteen years in jail due to lack of concrete evidence.

A five-member bench of Shariat Appellate Court headed by Justice Mushir Alam heard the appeal again Khadim Hussain and exonerated him from all charges.

Hussain was sentenced to death thrice for kidnapping, raping and killing a 10-year-old boy named Mudassir in Rawalpindi in 2006.  The minor’s body was recovered from the jurisdiction of the Golra Police Station in Islamabad.

The accused was sentenced to death three times by the trial court for all offences. The Shariat court had also upheld the death sentence of the accused during the appeal.

His counsel, Akram Gondal, said his client was not named in the First Information Report (FIR), adding that evidence was forged against him after his arrest. The apex court acquitted Khadim Hussian due to lack of concrete evidence and stated that that the prosecution had failed to prove the case against him.

In October, 2016, the Supreme Court finally exonerated a man two year after he had died.  The suspect was convicted of murder and handed down the death sentence by a sessions court in April 2004.

Mazhar Hussain, whose original appeal against the death sentence was turned down by a high court years before, died of coronary failure about two years ago while still in incarceration.

The suspect did not live to see the day when he would be acquitted and the apex court was unaware that the appellant had passed away in prison.