Lahore: 2 acquitted in murder case
LAHORE: A division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC), consisting of Justice Tariq Shamim and Justice Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry, on Saturday acquitted Razia Bibi and her relative Muhammad Ramzan from all murder charges. A Bhakkar additional sessions judge had sentenced Razia to life imprisonment and Ramzan to death in the murder of her (Razia’s) husband, also named Muhammad Ramzan. Both convicts had moved an application asking the LHC chief justice to help them in appeal against their convictions, as they could not engage a counsel due to poverty. They were provided counsel on the state’s expenses for filing the appeal. The case was lodged against them on the complaint of the deceased’s father Sarfraz.
He alleged that Razia wanted to get rid of Ramzan and the accused had shot his son dead on May 11, 2006. In their appeal, both applicants took the plea that the deceased was murdered by his sister Hameeda Bibi, as she wanted to get rid of her husband Ihsanullah and the deceased was an obstacle in her way. The division bench, while holding that the prosecution failed to prove the case against both appellants, acquitted them by giving benefit of doubt.