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Accused acquitted in Sonia Naz case

LAHORE: An additional district and sessions judge on Thursday acquitted suspended SP Khalid Abdullah and Inspector Jamshed Chishti of charges of kidnapping and raping Sorda Naz.

The judge acquitted the accused while accepting their applications. Earlier, the court had repeatedly summoned the victim but she failed to appear before the court.
The counsel for the victim had also moved an application, requesting the court to put off the trial of the accused until she appeared before the court.
However, the court rejected the application and accepted the acquittal applications of the accused.
Earlier on December 23, 2006, the trial court had started the process of proclamation of the victim as she was not appearing before the court. Later, the court also directed to attach her property and issued her arrest warrants, but she did not join the proceedings.
According to the prosecution SP Khalid Abdullah and Inspectoi Jamshed Chishti abducted her or May 3, 2005, from her home in Johar Town and raped her.
The accused were arrested or October 19, after Pakistan Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, while taking suo motu notice of the case, had directed the police to arrest the accused.
On the order of the Supreme Court, the Sattu Katla police registered a Hudood case against them on October 12, 2005.
Earlier, Naz filed her complaint at the Sattu Katla police on September 2, 2005, but the case was not registered. The accused were booked under Sections 10 11, 16, 18, 7/ 79 of the Hudood Ordinance, Sections 344, 354, 35,1 and 506 of the PPC and Section 155 of the Police Act in the FII 650/05.
The case received publicity a national and international level and the federal government also took serious notice of the unwarranted attitude and conduct of both accused police officers.

Source: The News

Date:4/13/2007

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