PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Monday ordered transfer of appeals challenging the anti-terrorism court’s verdict in Mashal Khan lynching case from its regional bench in Abbottabad to the principal seat in the provincial capital.
This order came on a petition filed by the provincial government seeking transfer of the appeals from Abbottabad to Peshawar for hearing at the high court’s principal seat.
The provincial government and parties involved in the case had earlier filed appeals in PHC, challenging the verdict of the ATC in the case.
Mashal, 23, a student at Abdul Wali Khan University (AWKU) in Mardan, was beaten and shot to death on April 13 last year by an unruly mob instigated by rumours that he had committed blasphemy by posting sacrilegious content online.
The high court circuit bench in Abbottabad earlier had suspended the conviction of 25 suspects in the case On February 07, the ATC sentenced the prime suspect to death while five others to 25 years’ imprisonment in the case.
ATC Judge Fazal-i-Subhan Khan acquitted 26 suspects and awarded three years of jail term to 25 other accused in the case.
Convict Imran, who has been awarded capital punishment, was found guilty of firing shots at the victim student from his pistol, which led to his death.
He had also confessed to the crime before the court.
Nearly 50 prosecution witnesses testified against the suspects during the course of the hearing conducted inside Haripur Central Jail.
The prosecution charged 61 people in the case, while 57 of them were arrested and produced before the court for trial. – NNI