Karachi: Suspects confess to advocate’s murder
Karachi: Three suspects on Tuesday recorded their confessional statements in a lawyer’s murder case before a judicial magistrate.
The lawyer’s employee, Naveed John Bhatti, along with two brothers, Sajid and Zahid, has been charged with allegedly killing Advocate Mohammad Murtaza Chinoy at his office in Clifton on Aug 25.
On the previous hearing, the investigation officer had submitted an application, requesting the court to record the statements of two prosecution witnesses under Section 164 of the criminal procedure code.
When the case came up for hearing on Tuesday, prosecution witnesses Nisar and Salman Sharif, who was also the complainant of the case, appeared before Judicial Magistrate (south) Mashooq Ali Palijo and began to testify in the presence of the suspects when all of a sudden the latter interrupted the judicial officer and said that they were ready to confess their guilt.
After completing legal formalities, the judicial magistrate recorded the confessional statements of the suspects under Section 164 of the CrPC.
They deposed that Naveed and an absconder, Farooq, were also employees of the victim and they had planned to rob the advocate.
For this purpose, the suspects said, they also got assistance of Sajid and Zahid by offering them money. But Zahid opened fire on the lawyer when he put up resistance, leaving him dead on the spot, they added.
After the completion of their confessions, the court sent the suspects to jail on judicial remand till Sept 16 and directed the investigation officer to submit a charge-sheet on the next hearing.
Meanwhile, the complainant also identified the case property (laptop and other valuables of the deceased) in the court. According to the prosecution, the suspects allegedly killed the victim during a robbery bid on Aug 25 at his Zamzama office, Clifton.
Acting on a tip-off, the police arrested the suspects in Azam Basti on Sept 2 and claimed to have seized the deceased’s laptop, saving certificates worth Rs2 million and a pistol found in their possession.
A case (FIR No 202/2011) was registered at the Clifton police station against unidentified suspects under Sections 302 (premeditated murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code.