Pakistani girl's rapist sentenced to death

Marsha Scott
February 18, 2018

An anti-terrorism tribunal in Lahore, in eastern Pakistan, has sentenced four death sentences and a life sentence to perpetrator of rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl in city of Kasur, in eastern province of Punjab, on Saturday., in a case that last January shook whole country. Her death brought rampaging mobs onto the streets in search of her killer.

The serial killer Imran Ali will be tried in seven other cases where he attacked children.

Residents of Kasur have said the murder of the seven-year-old girl was the 12th such incident in a year.

A government prosecutor told Reuters: "The court handed down death on four counts and life imprisonment to Imran Ali in the rape and murder of the little girl, Zainab".

People attend a funeral of a Pakistani girl who was raped and killed, in Kasur, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.

"When he was read the charges, we asked the court to let Imran Ali deliberate the matter for 40 minutes", the prosecutor said.

State prosecutor Ehtesham Qadir said Imran Ali, who had pleaded guilty during the five-day trial, was in the courtroom for the verdict.

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Her murder triggered outrage across the country, including riots against alleged police incompetence in which two protesters died.

He confessed to killing Ayesha Asif, whose body was found on January 7, 2017; Iman Fatima, who was found dead on February 24, 2017; Noor Fatima, found dead on April 11, 2017 and Laiba Saleem, who was found on July 8, 2017.

Earlier, his lawyer had withdrawn from the case after Ali had confessed to the crime, it was reported.

Zainab, a neighbor of the family, was arrested on January 23.

In addition to the verdict, Zainab's family will receive one million Pakistani rupees in compensation by the attacker. Her body was left in a rubbish dump. At least two people have been convicted in connection with that case, in which authorities say hundreds of children were abused.

The children were sexually exploited and recorded on video, with footage being sold and used to blackmail their families, according to a fact-finding report by the Human Rights Commission Pakistan.

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