Peshawar: FSC acquits 4 persons convicted in Zina case
PESHAWAR: The Federal Shariat Court (FSC) on Thursday acquitted a woman and three men sentenced to seven years in prison under Section 10 of the Zina Ordinance by a trial court. A single bench headed by Justice Zafar Yaseen acquitted a woman named Fozia and three men Umer Haj, Mohib, and Abad Ali in Zina charges. They were sentenced to seven years in prison by Additional Sessions Judge Buner (NWFP). Fozia, a married woman, had lodged a first information report (FIR) in Buner Police Station on February 15, 2006, claiming that two men, Umer Haj and Mohib, raped her. During the trail, the court charged the woman and Abad Ali when she confessed that she committed zina with Abad Ali of her own free will.
On July 5, 2007, the additional sessions judge Buner sentenced all the four accused to seven years rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs 20,000 to each. They appealed in the Federal Shariat Court against the trial court’s decision. On Thursday, their lawyer Hizar Hayat Khan contended before the court that the report was lodged after passage of six months of the incident and there was also doubt in the woman’s statement. After arguments, the court gave benefit of doubt to the accused and acquitted all the four prisoners.