20 years on, SC acquits woman, two others in triple murder case | Pakistan
KARACHI: The Supreme Court acquitted Asma Nawab and two others on Tuesday in a case involving the murder of her parents and brother in 20 years.
In 1998, Nawab allegedly organized the murder of her family members in a marriage with love.
Asma, Muhammad Farhan Khan and Javed Akhmed Siddiq appealed their death (19459012)
After hearing the case in the Karachi registry of the Supreme Court, the bench, led by Judge Asif Said Khosa, accepted their appeals, annulled their sentences and ordered on the immediate release of suspects.
The court ruled that there was no concrete evidence against the suspects, and the evidence presented in the court had several loopholes.
Farhana's fingerprints were taken two days after his arrest, the court ruled, adding that the prosecution had not proved its allegations.
During the trial, Judge Jose noted that the police arrested the suspects, but did not present them with evidence in the courts. The suspects are released for lack of evidence, but, he said, the courts justify the suspects, he argues.
There was also no evidence against the accused Farhan, he added, adding that the suspects had served their sentence since the last 20 years without any evidence
The prosecution reported that Asma and her three accomplices Farhan, Javed and Wazim killed her three family members in 1998.
In 1999, a court of law convicted two death sentences for three suspects and ordered 10 years of imprisonment for Vasim.
The Sindh High Court dismissed their appeal against the death sentence in 2015, and the appeal was ultimately reviewed by the Supreme Court.
Asma was the only woman facing the death sentence in Sindh province.