Taseer assassin appeals death sentence

Last Updated: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 19:10

Islamabad: The police guard sentenced to death
for assassinating Governor Salmaan Taseer filed an appeal
against the verdict in a Pakistani court on Thursday.

The appeal against the anti-terrorism court`s verdict was
filed in the Islamabad High Court by Malik Mumtaz Hussain
Qadri`s lawyer Shuja-ur-Rehman.

Anti-terror court Judge Pervez Ali Shah had convicted
Qadri and given him two death sentences for two counts of
murder and terrorism on October 1.

After hearing the verdict, Qadri had initially said that
he would not file an appeal.

Qadri`s appeal contained 11 points, including one in which
his lawyer contended that the anti-terrorism court was not the
"competent authority" to sentence him and, therefore, its
ruling was "illegal".

Rehman further claimed the verdict was "illegal and
baseless" and that the judge had announced his decision
without listening to the defence`s point of view.

Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman
adjourned the case till October 11.

A divisional bench of the court will hear the case.

Qadri, a police guard who was part of Taseer`s security
detail, gunned down the outspoken politician outside a
restaurant in Islamabad in January for criticising the
country`s controversial blasphemy law.

The death sentence triggered protests by hardline Islamic
groups across the country.

A conglomerate of 40 groups, including the Jamaat-ud-
Dawah, has called for a protest against the verdict on Friday.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 19:10

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