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LHC rejects plea against mly court verdict

LHC rejects plea against mly court verdict

LAHORE: A Lahore High Court division bench on Thursday dismissed a petition against conviction of an alleged member of a proscribed organisation by a military court on murder charges.

The bench comprising Justice Abdul Sami Khan and Justice James Joseph observed that the petition was not maintainable.

The military court had awarded death sentence to Muhammad Sabir Shah for his involvement in abetting murder of Advocate Syed Arshad Ali in Lahore.

Laila Bibi, mother of the convict, in her petition said the convict was a juvenile at the time of occurrence and was not given the right to fair trial.

Her counsel said the family had come to know about the military court’s decision through an ISPR press release. He said a habeas corpus plea against detention of Shah was pending before the high court.

He also said the case had been pending since 2011 before an anti-terrorism court whereas military courts were established in 2014. He asked the court to set aside the military court’s sentence decision being unjust and unfair.

An additional attorney general stated the constitutional courts could entertain appeals against the cases wherein trial of a suspect was done unlawfully or with mala fide. He pointed out that the convict had never raised the point of being juvenile before the ATC. Thus, he said, the plea was not maintainable.

The bench dismissed the plea.

Published in Dawn, September 11th, 2015

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