LHC hears plea of convicted police officers in Benazir Bhutto murder case

LHC hears plea of convicted police officers in Benazir Bhutto murder case

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) heard the appeal case filed by the convicted police officials and issued notices to the concerned parties in the Benazir murder case.

The case relating to the appeal against the verdict was heard by LHC’s Justice M Tariq Abbasi and Justice Habibullah Amir.

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Rawalpindi had last week convicted additional inspector general Saud Aziz and senior superintendent of police (SSP) Khurram Shehzad, and fined them Rs1 million each. But five suspects allegedly linked with the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were acquitted for lack of evidence.

The appeals filed by the police officers’ counsels urge the high court to release the convicts after overturning the sentences handed to them.

The applications state that the police officers had provided adequate security at Liaquat Bagh, the venue of the rally addressed by Bhutto. 

They said that the two officers have been made “scapegoats” even though the prosecution did not have any solid evidence against them.

The police officers claimed that the statements given by prosecution witnesses in the court are full of contradictions and that the trial of the case had not been conducted according to criminal laws under the Qanoon-i-Shahadat (Law of Evidence). 

The ATC verdict also did not consider the enquiry reports, they claimed.

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