Peshawar: 3 convicted in kidnapping for ransom case
PESHAWAR: An anti-terrorism court here on Wednesday convicted three persons including two brothers in a case of kidnapping for ransom and sentenced them to 25 years rigorous imprisonment each with confiscation of their properties.
The court presided over by Anwer Ali Khan observed that the prosecution had proved its case against the three accused persons — Shaukat, a resident of Bara, and two brothers Mohammad Shah and Nazeer Khan, residents of Hassankhel.
The police in the instant case had alleged that the accused had kidnapped a person, Rasheed Khan, from the jurisdiction of Matani police station on Oct 3, 2009.
It was alleged that they were demanding a ransom of Rs500,000. The kidnapped person was recovered and the accused were arrested.
Case remanded: The Peshawar High Court on Wednesday set aside conviction of three persons including a female by an anti-terrorism court in a case of kidnapping and killing a doctor and remanded the case for re-trial.
A two-member bench comprising Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Yahya Afridi observed that there were lacunas in the law and the trial court had not convicted the accused-appellants under section 302 PPC, which was the major offence in the instant case.
The bench directed that the trial court should frame the charge under section 302 of PPC and record evidence in that regard.
The anti-terrorism court had convicted the three appellants — Ms Saeeda, Farooq and Arshid — under section 365-A (kidnapping for ransom) PPC and section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997, and sentenced them to 25 years rigorous imprisonment with fine of Rs200,000 each.
The deceased, Dr Shahid Khan, of Lady Reading Hospital was kidnapped by unidentified persons and a few days later his body was recovered from a deserted place at Akbarpura village in Nowshera.
Later, the police arrested the female accused and the two others, whereas three other accused persons have been absconding. The prosecution alleged that the gang used to trap persons through the female, who used to lure affluent persons and then kidnap them for ransom.
Advocate Azhar Yousaf appeared for the appellants and contended that the trail court had erred in convicting them for the offence of kidnapping for ransom.