Karachi: 3 drug traffickers jailed for life
KARACHI: An anti-narcotics court sentenced on Saturday three men to life imprisonment in a drug trafficking case.
The court found Sajjad Naeem, Mohammad Ashfaq and Mohammad Iqbal guilty of transporting over 50 kilos of heroin powder in Feb 1999 within the remit of the Gizri police station.
The court, however, acquitted a fourth accused, Jahanzab, for want of evidence.
Judge Sanaullah Khan Ghory of the Special Court-II for Control of Narcotic Substances pronounced his verdict after recording evidence of witnesses and final arguments from both sides.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs1 million each and in case of non-payment the convicts would have to undergo an additional three-year imprisonment.
The verdict said that the prosecution brought confidence-inspiring evidence before the court and the case against accused Sajjad Naeem, Ashfaq and Iqbal regarding their arrest and recovery of heroin from them and a vehicle that was in their custody was fully supported by the prosecution witnesses.
The witnesses were subjected to lengthy cross-examination, but their evidence remained unshaken, it added.
From the perusal of evidence of five witnesses and documentary evidence about the recovery of heroin, the charges against the accused persons had been proved beyond a shadow of a doubt, it added.
However, the court ruled that the case of accused Jahanzab was different as he was neither arrested on the spot nor was any recovery made from his possession.
According to the prosecution, acting on spy information a team of the Gizri police station intercepted a vehicle in the Defence Housing Authority on Feb 13, 1999 and arrested Sajjad Naeem, Ashfaq and Iqbal. The police recovered a total of 53-kg heroin from the possession of the accused as well as from the car being used by them to transport the drug, it added.
The investigation of the case was transferred to the Anti-Narcotics Force. Later, a fourth accused was also arrested.
A case (FIR 33/99) was registered against the accused under Section 9-C of the Control of Narcotics Substance Act, 1997 at the Gizri police station.
All the accused, who had been enlarged on bail, were present in court on Saturday and after the pronouncement of the verdict they were taken into custody and the court sent them to prison along with their conviction warrants to serve out the sentence.