Karachi: Man jailed for life in trafficking case
KARACHI: An anti-narcotics court sentenced a man to life in prison on Wednesday. The accused, Abdul Qadir, was found guilty of transporting 248 kilograms of diazepam chemical (benzodiazepine drug) in the SITE area in May 2008. Judge Sanaullah Khan Ghoury of the Special Court-II for Control of Narcotic Substances also imposed a fine of Rs1 million and in case of non-payment the convict would have to undergo an additional five-year in prison.
Earlier, the trial court had sentenced the accused to life in 2009, but he challenged the conviction in the high court on the grounds that neither was a report of the chemical examiner based on any chemical test of samples nor was any such test referenced in the report.
The high court set aside the conviction and remanded back the case for retrial with a direction to examine the chemical examiner and also ruled that the applicant was entitled to record his fresh statement or produce any defence witness.
After recording the statements of the chemical examiner, the accused and two defence witnesses, the court observed that the statement of the chemical examiner remained consistent on material points and the defence counsel was unable to put any specific question with regard to the chemical tests of samples.
A case (FIR 09/08) was registered against the accused under Section 9 of the Control of Narcotic Substances Act, 1997 at the Anti-Narcotics Force’s Clifton police station.
The accused appeared in court on bail and following the pronouncement of the verdict he was taken into custody and sent to prison along with a conviction warrant to serve out the remainder of his sentence.