A Pakistani soldier has been sentenced to death while a further six soldiers have received life imprisonment terms.
The sentences were handed down by a Pakistani court following the killing of an unarmed man, which had been caught on film.
The seven defendants were formally charged on June 29, for murder and terrorism, the trial was swiftly concluded.
On June 8, Sarfaraz Shah’s killing was filmed and broadcast on television, this renewed concerns over the brutality of trained officers. Pakistan has been suffering from attacks in recent months from both Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters. Judge Bashir Ahmed Khoso read out the verdict before an anti-terrorism court in Karachi, finding Shahid Zafar guilty of pulling the trigger and sentencing him to death and a fine.
He handed life terms to five other paramilitary soldiers, known as Rangers, and a civilian who had accused Shah of robbing and assaulting him. The judge ordered each to pay Pakistan Rs. 100,000 to the victim’s family. The public and media reaction to the killing had forced the government to remove the provincial chiefs of police and rangers in Karachi.
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