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“What are you?” a member of the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston asked at the trial of the white man who killed eight of her fellow black parishioners and their pastor. “What kind of subhuman miscreant could commit such evil?... What happened to you, Dylann?”
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Sitting beside the church, drinking from a bottle of Smirnoff Ice, he thought he had to go in and shoot them.
They were a small prayer group—a rising-star preacher, an elderly minister, eight women, one young man, and a little girl. But to him, they were a problem. He believed that, as black Americans, they were raping “our women and are taking over our country.” So he took out his Glock handgun and calmly, while their eyes were closed in prayer, ope…

Pakistan SC dismisses murder convict’s appeal after his death

ISLAMABAD: It took the top court nearly seven long years to take up and dismiss the petition of a death-row inmate, who died of natural causes in 2011.

A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, dismissed the criminal appeal of Akbar after receiving a report from the superintendent of District Jail Kasur that the appellant had died a natural death on January 20, 2011.

The deceased had murdered a person in Lahore in August 1999. Later, a trial court awarded him death sentence. In 2010, the Lahore High Court maintained the trial court’s order.

The same year, Akbar challenged the verdict in the apex court, but his plea was admitted for regular hearing in 2014. After three years on July 27, the bench resumed the hearing of his criminal appeal.

A copy of the two-page order is available with The Express Tribune.

According to the order, “A report dated July 22 was submitted by the superintendent of District Jail in Kasur, which showed that Akbar, the appellant, in criminal appeal No 334 of 2014, had died a natural death on January 20, 2011. In view of the development, the criminal appeal has abated to the extent of the said appellant.”

The bench also noted that two co-accused Yaqoob and Ansar Ali had been acquitted by the trial court on the basis of compromise and released from jail.

This is not the first case where the Supreme Court took up the case of convicted persons after their deaths.

The special bench, led by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, has been working tirelessly to decide criminal appeals for last couple of years.

The bench decided pending criminal appeals from 1993 to 2014 and now only 1,298 criminal appeals are pending. On the other hand, total pending cases are 35,375 in the apex court.

Justice Khosa has brought a quiet revolution to the apex court as he is heading a special bench that has decided around 7,000 criminal appeals during the last three years.

A senior Supreme Court official told The Express Tribune that the special bench is speeding up the hearing of listed cases on a daily basis and there was no need for adjournments.

Source: Express Tribune, Hasnaat Mailk, August 9, 2017

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