Pakistan court sentences Zainab’s killer to death on four counts

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An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has found Imran Ali guilty in the rape and murder of six-year-old Zainab Amin, and have ruled on Saturday to sentence him to the death penalty on four counts, reported Dawn news.

The four counts are: Kidnap, rape, murder and “commiting an act of terrorism.” Ali's arrest brought to light seven more killings and many Pakistanis have demanded he be publicly executed.

Ali is also facing several fines worth nearly 2 million rupees, about $31,000, for various crimes including concealing Amin's body in a dumpster. As of now, Ali has 15 days to challenge the verdict and file an appeal.

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Amin was raped and killed and her body was recovered from a trash heap in Kasur on Jan 9, five days after she went missing from home.

Public Prosecutor Ehtesham Qadir says the court Saturday announced the decision in the presence of Mohammad Imran, who had pleaded guilty during the five-day trial.

Initial reports based on autopsy published in the local media, indicate that Amin died approximately two days before her body was found last Tuesday, meaning that she was killed 2-4 days after being kidnapped.

The autopsy doctor added that wounds on her nose and neck are evidence that she was tortured as well. More samples from the autopsy were taken and will be tested which will take about three months, they said.

(With AFP and AP)

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