2016-06-17

Pakistani Supreme Court restores lawmaker's vacated death sentence

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court of Pakistan June 16 restored a vacated death sentence once issued to Abid Raza, a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)-affiliated member of the National Assembly, SAMAA reported.

Raza, who won a seat representing NA-107 Gujrat in Punjab Province, received a death sentence in 2001 in connection with six slayings in Gujrat District under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). However, after he reached a settlement with the victims' families, he was freed.

A five-member Supreme Court bench ruled that cases under the ATA are not subject to compromise.

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