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Karachi woman exonerated after 20 years on death row

AFP

KARACHI -- A Pakistani woman put on death row for killing her family in 1998 was acquitted, going free after 20 years in prison, her lawyer said Friday (April 6).

Asma Nawab was just 16 when her parents and brother were murdered in 1998, apparently during an attempted robbery in Karachi.

Nawab, her then-fiance Farhan Ahmed and two others were arrested and sentenced to death, accused of killing the family for not giving permission for the couple to marry.

Appeals moved slowly through Pakistan's justice system. It was not until 2015 that her lawyers petitioned the Supreme Court, which -- after a three-year hearing -- ordered Nawab and the others to be released.

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