Pakistan: Zainab Ansari’s killer gets four death sentences

Pakistan: Zainab Ansari’s killer gets four death sentences

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LAHORE: A court in Pakistan has given a 24-year-old man, Imran Ali, four death sentences for raping and murdering a six-year old girl last month.

Zainab Ansari’s body was found on a rubbish dump in the city of Kasur, south of Lahore, on 9 January.

Her murder triggered outrage across the country, including riots against alleged police incompetence in which two protesters died.

The victim’s father was in court to hear the verdict, amid heavy security.

Zainab’s killer has also been linked by police to the earlier murders and assaults of other girls in the area.

Dozens of witnesses testified against Ali in the trial, where forensic evidence including DNA and polygraph tests was also presented.

His lawyer had withdrawn from the case after Ali confessed, reports say.

He was handed death sentences for kidnapping, rape, murder and an act of terrorism, as well as a life sentence for sodomy, as well as a 3.2m-rupee fine (£20,600; $29,000), say reports.__BBC

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