Karachi: Kidnapper jailed for life
KARACHI: An anti–terrorism court on Friday sentenced a man to life imprisonment for kidnapping a 12–year–old boy for ransom. The ATC-II headed by Abdul Ghafoor Memon convicted Mohammad Ali for kidnapping Ali Zoher, son of Mohammad Arif, on June 19, 2008 in the limits of Ferozabad police station and demanding ransom for his release. The court also ordered confiscation of the convict`s property. Earlier, the court recorded final arguments of the prosecution and defence counsel.
Satisfied by the evidence produced by the prosecution against the convict, the judge said in his ruling that the documentary evidence was corroborated by the prosecution witnesses.
According to the prosecution, the convict had kidnapped the boy at gunpoint on Kashmir Road while the victim was going to the KMC swimming pool. The kidnapper demanded Rs30 million as ransom from the victim`s family and threatened to kill the boy if the demand was not met. However, the ransom amount was later reduced to Rs15 million and the victim`s father was asked to deliver the money at a specified place near Soldier Bazaar.
In the meantime, the affected family approached the Anti–Violent Crime Cell (AVCC) which formed a team and arrested Mohammad Ali when he came to receive the ransom. The police also recovered the kidnapped boy and an unlicensed pistol from his possession.
A case (FIR No 591/08) was registered against the kidnapper under Section 365-A of the Pakistan Penal Code read with Section 7 of Anti Terrorism Act at the Ferozabad police station on the complaint of the victim`s father.
The police had registered another case (FIR No 44/08) under Section 13–D of the Arms Ordinance against Mohammad Ali.
Special public prosecutor Taseer Khan produced seven witnesses, including the victim who identified the kidnapper.