Pakistan acquits Sarabjit’s killers for ‘lack of evidence’

The Hush Post|09:10am| 1-min-read 
A Pakistan court has acquitted two prime suspects in the murder case of Indian national Sarabjit Singh. “Lack of evidence” was cited as the reason.
According to a court official, Lahore’s additional district and sessions judge Muhammad Moin Khokhar acquitted main suspects, Amir Tamba and Mudassar. “Not a single witness testified against both suspects,” the official said. Both suspects made their presence in the court through a video link.
The Lahore Sessions Court announced its verdict in the case that was pending for more than five years. In previous hearings, the judge had expressed displeasure as the prosecution had failed to bring forth prosecuting witnesses to record their statement.
Singh was brought to the Services Hospital in a critical condition, one witness had told the court in a previous hearing. However, Singh died before recording his statement before the doctors.

Suspects had earlier confessed to judicial commission

A one-man judicial commission of Justice Mazhar Ali Akbar Naqvi of Lahore High Court had initially investigated Singh’s murder case. Both the suspects had confessed to the crime in their statements to the commission. They had told the commission that they killed Singh as they wanted to avenge the killing of people in Lahore and Faisalabad in bomb blasts allegedly carried out by him.
Naqvi had recorded the statements of some 40 witnesses in the case. The commission had submitted its report to the government, which is yet to make its findings public.
The commission had also issued notices to Sarabjit’s relatives through the foreign ministry to record their statements. The family was asked to produce any evidence they had regarding his death. However, the family refused to get statements recorded, the officials had said.

Sarabjit was serving death sentence in the Kot Lakhpat jail in Pakistan. Amir and Mudassar, two Pakistan death row prisoners, had attacked Sarabjit, 49, in the jail in 2013 resulting in his death. Singh had been sentenced to death for his alleged involvement in a string of bombings in 1990 in the Punjab province of Pakistan.

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