Lahore: Woman acquitted of killing husband
LAHORE: A division bench of the Lahore High Court Saturday, comprising Justice Tariq Shamim and Justice Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry, acquitted a woman and her relative of murder charges while accepting their appeal. Razia Bibi and her relative Muhammad Ramzan were convicted of killing Razia’s husband also named Muhammad Ramzan by an additional sessions judge, Bhakkar, on Feb 28, 2007. The sessions judge had awarded life imprisonment to Razia with a fine of Rs50,000 and death sentence to Ramzan with a fine of Rs100,000. The case was lodged against them on complaint of deceased’s father Sarfraz who alleged that Razia wanted to get rid of her husband and she, along with Ramzan, killed him on May 11, 2006.
Later, the convicts moved an application from jail to Lahore High Court Chief Justice Syed Zahid Hussain to seek his help, maintaining that they could not engage a counsel due to poverty. They were provided a counsel on state expenses for filing an appeal.
In their appeal, both the applicants took the plea that deceased Ramzan was killed by his sister Hameeda Bibi as she wanted to get rid of her husband Ihsanullah but the deceased was an obstacle in her way. The division bench, while holding that the prosecution failed to prove the case against both applicants, acquitted them by giving them the benefit of the doubt.