Pakistan’s renowned journalist Ayaz Amir’s son Shahnawaz Amir has been ‘sentenced to death’ by district and session judge in Islamabad in Sara Inam’s murder case.
The court also imposed a penalty of one million rupees in this murder case. Sessions Judge Nasir Javaid Rana delivered the verdict which was reserved last week on December 9.
Sarah, a 37-year-old economist, and a Canadian national was allegedly murdered with dumbbells by her husband Shahnawaz Amir, who is the son of journalist Ayaz Amir, in Islamabad’s Chak Shahzad area on September 23, 2022.
Shahnawaz was detained by the police from a farmhouse in Islamabad’s Chak Shahzad area for being a suspect in his wife’s murder and later confessed to killing her, saying he “thought” his spouse was having an affair. The couple was married for just three months.
The next day, a trial court approved the arrest warrants of Ayaz Amir and his former wife Sameena Shah, as the two were nominated as suspects by Sarah’s family. Amir was arrested while his former wife later acquired pre-arrest bail.
In the police report registered following the murder, an additional clause of Section 109 (punishment for abetment) of the Pakistan Penal Code was added at the request of Sarah’s uncles — Colonel (retd) Ikram and Zia-ur-Rahim — who have blamed Ayaz and his former wife for their daughter-in-law’s murder.
The petitioners maintained that Sameena was living at the farmhouse where Sarah was murdered.
However, during a hearing on September 27, an Islamabad court discharged Ayaz Amir from the case citing “no evidence” against him in Sarah’s murder.
On February 6, Shahnawaz was indicted in the case involving the possession of a Kalashnikov firearm that was obtained illegally and he pleaded not guilty to the charge.
However, on November 27, the court granted the benefit of the doubt to Shahnawaz and acquitted him in the case. The court highlighted the prosecution’s failure to prove its charges against the accused, terming its evidence “doubtful”.
It should be noted that the police had registered a separate case related to the recovery of a Kalashnikov from the suspect.
Last month in October, the prime suspect rejected all evidence submitted by the prosecution against him, terming it “baseless”.
Via: Geo News