The household of Mardan college scholar Mashal Khan ─ who was lynched over false accusations of blasphemy final yr ─ is about to problem the court docket’s verdict within the case on Wednesday.
Mashal, a 23-year-old Mass Communications scholar at Mardan’s Abdul Wali Khan College, was beaten and shot to demise by an offended mob on April 13, 2017, after being accused of blasphemy.
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A Haripur Anti-Terrorism Courtroom (ATC) on Feb 7 sentenced the prime accused, shooter Imran Ali, to demise, handed jail sentences to 30 individuals, and acquitted 26 others.
Mashal’s household was not happy with the decision.
Chatting with the media right now after a gathering with the household’s legal professionals on the Peshawar Excessive Courtroom (PHC), Aimal Khan, the sufferer’s brother, mentioned the household had “determined to problem the decision minutes after it was introduced”.
He added that the legal professionals had accomplished drafting the case and would file an attraction within the PHC on Wednesday.
A member of the household’s authorized staff, Fazl Khan, mentioned that the 26 who had been acquitted had, after their launch from jail, overtly introduced that that they had confessed to the brutal killing of Mashal whereas addressing employees of non secular events in Mardan.
“We have now included video clips of their speeches in our attraction as proof,” he mentioned, including that these people had performed a serious function within the killing of Mashal Khan.
Ayaz Khan, senior lawyer and one other member of the authorized staff, mentioned: “We’re going to problem the entire verdict, together with the acquittal of 26 accused, the lesser sentences of 30 others”, and the acquittal of the principle accused, Imran Ali underneath sections 120-B, 148, 149, 324, 427, and 297 of the Pakistan Penal Code, and 11-WW and 21-I of the Anti-Terrorism Act.
Ayaz Khan additionally identified contradiction within the verdict, saying that at first of the detailed judgement it’s acknowledged that the lynching was deliberate and all the lads arrested had performed a job within the killing. Nonetheless, on the finish of the decision, 26 males had been acquitted citing inadequate proof.
“We’re hopeful that with this attraction, Mashal will lastly get justice from the excessive court docket,” he mentioned.