Pakistani court acquits 2 key accused in Sarabjit Singh murder citing ‘lack of evidence’

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 15 December 2018, 06:18 PM
Pakistani court acquits key accused in Sarabjit Singh murder citing ‘lack of evidence’
Pakistani court acquits key accused in Sarabjit Singh murder citing ‘lack of evidence’

Two main accused in the murder of Indian national Sarabjit Singh have been acquitted by a Pakistani court for “lack of evidence” against them. The Lahore Sessions Court judge Muhammad Moin Khokhar acquitted Amir Tamba and Mudassar after all the witness refused to testify against them in the court. The suspects appeared before the court via video conferencing due to security reasons.

“Not a single witness testified in the court against both the suspects. The court acquitted them for lack of evidence against them,” a court official said.

In 2013, Amir and Mudassar, two Pakistani prisoners facing a death sentence, attacked Sarabjit Singh in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail. Singh sustained grievous injuries in the attack and succumbed during treatment in the hospital.

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During the previous hearing, the Lahore Sessions Court judge had slammed the prosecution for failing to produce witnesses in the court to record their statements.

However, one witness, a police official, had told the court that the 49-year-old Indian national was brought to the Services Hospital in a critical condition and that he wanted to record his statement but wasn’t allowed by doctors.

“I wanted to record Singh’s statement but the doctors stopped him, terming his condition very serious,” the witness had told the court.

Before the trial, a one-man judicial commission of Justice Mazhar Ali Akbar Naqvi of Lahore high court had investigated the case. In their statements before the commission, Amir and Mudassar had confessed to the crime and said they killed Singh as they wanted to avenge the killing of people in Lahore and Faisalabad bomb blasts.

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Sarabjit Singh had been sentenced to death by a Pakistani court for his alleged involvement in a serious of bombings in 1990 in the Punjab province of Pakistan.

First Published: Saturday, December 15, 2018 06:13 PM

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