Pakistan hangs child killer after death sparked riots

17 October, 2018, 20:01 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • People light earthen lamps during a protest against the rape and murder of a Zainab Ansari in Kasur Pakistan on Jan. 12 2018

Pakistani police commandos escort a police van, carrying serial killer Imran Ali as it arrives at an anti-terrorist court, in Lahore, Pakistan.

The six-year-old girl was snatched by Ali as she walked to a Koran class in January this year, with CCTV footage showing him leading her down a street by the hand. He was executed at the Central Jail Lahore at 5:30 AM.

Seven-year-old Zainab Amin was abducted on January 4 from nearby her aunt's house in Kasur where she was going for learning the Holy Quran.

Imran Ali, who was sentenced to death in Kasur earlier this year for the rape and murder of Zainab Ansari and 12 other minors, was hanged to death in the early hours of Wednesday in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail.

Imran was arrested two weeks after he threw her body into a rubbish dump in the city of Kasur in Punjab province.

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Imran Ali, who was the victim's neighbour, was arrested on January 23 after his DNA sample matched the sample obtained from the crime scene following which he confessed raping at least nine girls including Zainab Ansari.

The case, the most heinous in a string of similar child murders in the city of Kasur, had sparked outrage and protests in the country.

A medical official and the jail's superintendent was also present at the jail during the execution. The court did not agree and dismissed the plea. The death sentence was for kidnapping, rape, murder and committing an act of terrorism. Talking to the media after the execution, Ansari said he regretted that the authorities had not allowed a live telecast of the hanging, reports Dawn. "Her mother is devastated from grief".

Zainab's family had said the police did not take action during the five days from when she was reported missing until her body was found.

Ansari also thanked the chief justice of Pakistan and said that the "murderer had met his fate today".

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