Capital Punishment in the United States Explained

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Pakistan SC acquits death row inmate after 24 years

Peshawar Central Prison
Peshawar Central Prison
The top court annulled orders of subordinate courts

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Supreme Court (SC) has acquitted a death row inmate in a murder case after at least 24 years over inconclusive evidence.

The top court annulled orders of subordinate courts and ordered immediate release of the inmate named Mazhar Farooq.

The verdict was given by three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa. 

The bench stated in its report that there was contradiction in medical reports and statements of the witnesses.

The prosecution failed to prove the crime, the bench added while saying that even the pistol recovered from the accused did not belong to him.

However, the court cleared that the release was ordered over suspicions regarding evidence presented before the court. 

Farooq was alleged of a murder in Kasur area in 1992 and trial court had sentenced him to death which was upheld by a high court.

Source: Dunya News, November 25, 2016

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