Pak court upholds 14 year sentence to rapists
A 14-year sentence was awarded to two men convicted for raping two Japanese students in 2007.
Lahore: A Pakistani court has upheld a 14-year sentence awarded to two men convicted for raping two Japanese students in this eastern city in 2007.
A division bench of the Lahore High Court headed by Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry yesterday dismissed the appeals by Adil Maqsood and Fahad Butt against the sentence awarded to them by an anti-terrorism court.
In its order, the bench observed that "the criminal act had tarnished the image of Pakistan in the world".
In March 2007, Maqsood, Butt and three accomplices had raped two Japanese students in a house in Garden Town neighbourhood.
They had invited the girls to a party and administered them alcoholic drinks before assaulting them.
The anti-terrorism court had acquitted the three other men.
Maqsood and Butt had claimed they were wrongly implicated in the case and police had no direct evidence against them.