On Monday, the 30th of November, the Supreme Court acquitted a man on the grounds of lack of evidence, after he had already served 14 years in jail. Khadim Hussain, who was acquitted yesterday, was had been sentenced to death thrice for the kidnapping, rape and murder of a ten year old boy in Rawalpindi, in 2006.
Khadim Hussain had been sentenced to death by the trial court, and his death sentence was also upheld by the shariah court. His lawyer, Akram Gondal, revealed that Khadim Hussain was not even named in the First Information Report (FIR) registered about the case. He added that evidence against Khadim Hussain had been fabricated after his arrest.
The Supreme Court’s Shariat Appellate bench which heard the appeal was comprised of five members, headed by Justice Mushir Alam, who acquitted Khadim of all charges due to lack of concrete evidence. And, the court stated that the prosecution had failed to prove the case against Khadim Hussain.