Murder convict walks free after 16 years in prison
Sixteen years after being arrested, the Supreme Court on Tuesday acquitted a man accused of a murder which was committed at Kamalia tehsil of Toba Tek Singh in 2004, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Ghulam Hussain was sentenced to death by a trial court for his alleged involvement in the killing of Imran. However, the Lahore High Court (LHC) had reduced the sentence to life imprisonment when the verdict was challenged.
However, he again moved the judiciary this time the apex court and got justice albeit 16 years after facing the injustice.
In the Supreme Court, the counsel for Ghulam Hussain argued that the victim was stabbed only once but the first information report (FIR) had cited multiple wounds. Moreover, the post-mortem was conducted 16 hours after the killing, he added.
The lawyer told the three-member bench presided over by Justice Mushir Alam that the FIR was registered 17 hours later while the weapon used for the murder was never recovered.
Meanwhile, the defence counsel also pushed for another strong argument, saying the witnesses in the case were Imran’s paternal uncle and brothers. The prosecution was also unable to prove the reason of any disagreement/enmity between the two, he noted.