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Pakistan court acquits six Christian prisoners

By Sheraz Khurram Khan, Special Correspondent for ASSIST News Service in Pakistan

2/20/07 Pakistan (ANS) — Six Christian prisoners who are said to have been falsely implicated in a murder case some 10 years ago have been acquitted by Lahore High Court on Feb 16, 2007.

ANS learnt about the acquittal of the Christian prisoners through an email sent to it by Sharing Life Ministry’s Chief Coordinator, Sohail Johnson on Saturday, Feb 18.

Slamming the delay in justice reaching to the prisoners the SLMP in its news release said: “Poor prisoners awaited 10 years for justice.”

Six Christian men named Akram, Sooba, Rakha, Samuel, Jan and Nazar are relatives to each other, it said.

It went on to say that the men were implicated in a murder case registered vide Police First Information Report (FIR) No. 608 on December 3, 1997 offence under section 302/395 PPC with police station Ferozewala District Sheikhupura.

The session judge concluded the case and awarded death sentence to Rakha son Bark while rests of the accused were handed down life imprisonment, it said.

Rakha was detained in District Jail Sheikhupura, Samuel and Akram were detained in Central Jail Lahore. It maintained that Nazar, Sooba and Jan were detained in Central Jail Faisalabad.

The Ministry in its news released claimed they have been extending financial assistance to the families of the six men implicated in the case.