Zainab murder case: Murderer Imran Ali hanged in Kot Lakhpat Jail, Lahore

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Convict Imran Ali – sentenced to death for the rape and murder of Zainab and twelve other minors girls – was hanged early Wednesday morning at Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail.

The black warrant for Imran’s execution was carried out at 5:30am in accordance with the prevailing law on capital punishment. According to Express News, Imran’s body will later be handed over to his family.

Imran was convicted in February after being identified through DNA tests and was sentenced to death on one count, 25 years of imprisonment on two counts.

In other cases, Imran was awarded death sentence on four counts and life imprisonment on one count. The sentence was awarded by Judge Ahmad.

The court issued the order after swiftly concluding Imran’s trial at Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail, in accordance with an order of the Lahore High Court (LHC).

Case history

Zainab Amin was abducted on January 4 from near her aunt’s house in Kasur. Her body was recovered from a heap of garbage near her house five days later, sparking widespread protests in which two people died from police firing.

The police later collected DNA samples of 1,187 people from January 12 to January 23 to trace the accused.  On January 23, the police arrested Imran, a neighbour of Zainab, as his DNA matched not only with the DNA samples collected from the body of Zainab but also at least seven other victims.

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