Wali Khan Babar's Convict Challenged his Death Sentence
KARACHI: GeoNews Journalist, Wali Khan Babar's murderer Faisal Mehmood alias Faisal Mota challenged his Death Sentence on Tuesday at the Sindh High Court (SHC).
On March 1 2014, Faisal Mota was sentenced to death in absentia by the anti-terrorism court.
The convict's counsel Advocate Aamir Masoob Qureshi today appealed in the application that the death sentence was awarded in absentia, the court must declare it illegal.
The advocate litigated that its not lawful to award a death sentence in absentia according to Articles 21-L and 31-A of the Anti Terrorism Act 1997.
The advocate also added that when a punishment is awarded in absentia, the convict must refer to the trial court according to Article 19(12). However, his client was unable to refer to the Anti-Terrorism Court in Kandhkot — where the sentence was announced — because the records of the case were at the SHC.
Therefore, the court must dismiss Mota's death penalty and send the case for a re-trial, Qureshi further added in the application.
The application was submitted at a SHC registry, which will scrutinise the appeal before presenting it before a bench.
Mota, said to be a worker of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), was arrested and detained last month in Karachi after a raid by Rangers at the MQM's headquarters.
On January 13, 2011, GeoNews journalist Wali Khan Babar was going home from his office when he was shot dead in Liaquatabad, Karachi.
Journalists had staged protests and rallies all across the country against the brutal murder. Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) had decided to hoist black flags at the offices of Union of Journalists, media centers, press clubs to expresses their resentment over the tragic death.
An ATC had indicted five men in the case pertaining to the murder which included Faisal Mota, Syed Mohammad Ali Rizvi, Shahrukh alias Mani, Naveed alias Polka and Shakil alias Malik.
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