Serial child rapist and murderer who raped and killed a six-year-old girl in case that shocked Pakistan lost his appeal against four death sentences Tuesday in Lahore Pakistan
Imran Ali appealed against sentences for rape and murder of Zainab Ameen in the city of Kasur, in the Punjab region of Pakistan, earlier in January
Ali, 24, was handed four death sentences after confessing to the crime,which have now been upheld during on appeal
A three-judge panel of Pakistan’s Supreme Court rejected his bid and upheld the death sentence handed to him for the rape and murder of six-year-old Zainab Amin
Zainab was sixth child abducted, raped and murdered in Kasur in past year
Ali has confessed to all eight attacks,only two victims survived the heinous assault of the serial pedophile and child killer crime – six children including Zainab, were murdered by Ali
The brutal killing shocked the country and sparked major riots in his home district, as a post-mortem revealed that the girl had died of strangulation, after she was tortured
Her brutal death resulted in deadly riots, with fire being set to politicians’ homes, govt buildings picketed and loss of lives
In the end Ali was given four death penalties, one life term, a 7-year jail term and $35,381 [Rs4.1 million] in fines for kidnapping, raping and murdering Zainab, and for committing an act of terrorism punishable under the country’s Anti-Terrorism Act
The suspect faces further charges in the cases of at least seven other child victims he attacked, five of whom were murdered, in Kasur
Serial child rapist and murderer: Imran Ali, 24, was handed four death sentences after confessing to the crime,which have now been upheld during an appeal in Lahore, Pakistan
The country’s top court has thrown out the appeal of a convicted child rapist and murderer facing four death sentences for killing a six-year-old Pakistani girl, whose body was found on a rubbish heap in the city of Kasur, early this year.
Imran Ali appealed against the death sentences given to him for the rape and murder of Zainab Fatima Ameen in Kasur, a brutal killing that horrified the country and ignited major riots in his home district.
A post-mortem examination revealed that the girl had died of strangulation. Investigators also found evidence the little girl was tortured.
Victim; Six-year-old Zainab Fatima Ameen was raped and murdered in Kasur, Pakistan in January. Investigations into her death led to the unmasking of a serial child predator and killer who had been preying on children in Kasur
The suspect Imran Ali, 24, was sentenced to death by theAnti Terrorist Court, ATC, on four counts of murder. He also received one life term, a 7-year jail term and Rs4.1 million in fines.
The four death penalties were for kidnapping, raping and murdering Zainab, and for committing an act of terrorism punishable under Section 7 of the Anti Terrorism Act.
Although he has confessed to all eight attacks on minors, including the death of Zainab, Imran had appealed to the Lahore High Court against the sentence but his appeal was dismissed. He subsequently approached the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court justices in their ruling Tuesday rejected Ali’s appeal against the death sentence handed to him for the rape and murder of six-year-old Zainab Amin in Kasur earlier this year.
Protesters demanding justice for Zainab burnt tires during protests which saw government buildings under attack and at least two people killed following the her death
A panel of three jurists sitting at the Lahore registry, rejected Imran’s appeal, upholding the death penalty handed to him by an anti-terrorism court.
“It has straightaway been noticed by us that when the charge was framed by the trial court against the petitioner, he had pleaded guilty as charged and on that occasion, he had got recorded a detailed confessional statement wherein he had admitted almost every aspect of this case alleged against him,” read the judgment in the case.
“There were many pieces of evidence brought on the record by the prosecution which proved every word of the confession to be correct and in that regard we may refer to the CCTV footage, photographs, DNA tests and the medical evidence which had confirmed every aspect of the confession made by the petitioner.”
Angry protesters demand justice for six-year-old rape and murder victim, Zainab Fatima Ameen
Hundreds of people blocked roads and shut down markets in the city of Kasur to demand justice for Zainab, just part of a wave of action across the country earlier this year
Ali, 24, was given four death penalties for kidnapping, raping and murdering Zainab, and for committing an act of terrorism punishable under the country’s Anti-Terrorism Act.
Under Pakistani law, crimes that are considered to have spread terror in society can be charged as acts of terrorism.
The suspect has confessed to a total of eight attacks. Only two victims survived the heinous assault of the serial pedophile and child killer. Six of the children including Zainab, were murdered by Ali
As the trial ground on, frustrated and angry citizens took to the streets in protest, burning tires and picketing government buildings demanding justice for the six-year-old. At least two people were killed in the protests.
No more assaults: Zainab’s murder in January sparked outrage across Pakistan, with riots erupting in Kasur as thousands swarmed police stations and set fire to politicians’ homes, seeking justice for the slain child
The murder of Zainab sparked fury across all walks of life in Pakistan – celebrities, opposition politicians and ordinary citizens all demanded action against the predator
Tuesday, a panel of three judges at the Supreme Court, Lahore, rejected the convicted murderer’s appeal, and upheld the death penalties given to him by an anti-terrorism court in February this year, reports Dawn.
Ali had appealed to the Lahore High Court against the death sentence but his appeal was dismissed by Justices Asif Saeed Khosa, Manzoor Ahmed Malik and Mansoor Ali Shah.
The suspect had also received life imprisonment and fines totalling$30,000 [3.2 million rupees] for additional charges of hiding his victim’s body.
Chilling CCTV footage was released in the hunt for Zainab’s killer, showing the suspect Ali can be seen leading the little girl away
Zainab was caught on CCTV being led away by a mystery man, and the girl was later found raped and strangled on a rubbish pile about a mile from her home. Ali lived on a street next to Zainab.
She was the sixth child to have been abducted, raped and murdered in the city of Kasur in the past year, and local police said at the time of her body’s discovery that they believed the multiple killings may have been the work of one perpetrator. The other victims reportedly had also been dumped next to bins.
During the murder trial, which was held in February this year, in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat prison under tight security, Zainab’s mother Nusrat Bibi demanded Ali be executed in public.
‘I want him to be hanged publicly at the place where he took Zainab,’ she told reporters after the verdict.
Zainab’s murder in January sparked outrage across Pakistan, with riots erupting in Kasur as thousands swarmed police stations and set fire to politicians’ homes. Two people were killed in riots in Kasur.
Iconic former cricket star Imran Khan was among tcelebrities who expressed their shock at the killing
Among those voicing anger was the cricket star and politician Imran Khan who tweeted: ‘The condemnable & horrific rape & murder of little Zainab exposes once again how vulnerable our children are in our society.
‘This is not the first time such horrific acts have happened. We have to act swiftly to punish the guilty & ensure that our children are better protected.’
Nobel Peace Prize winner and shooting survivor, Malala Yousafzai, wrote urging authorities to take action
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai wrote that she was ‘heartbroken to hear about Zainab’, adding: ‘This has to stop. Gov and the concerned authorities must take action.’
Television stations repeatedly broadcast chilling CCTV footage purportedly showing the young girl walking hand-in-hand with an unidentified male in what may have been her last moments.
An upset presenter Kiran Naz gave SAMAA TV’s news broadcast with her daughter on her lap in a dedication to Zainab, and to show her support for the murdered girl’s mother.
The killing sparked calls for the public execution of Ali after officials said his DNA had been recovered from the scene of the crime and matched samples from similar cases.
At least 12 cases of rape and murder have been recorded in the Kasur area in the past two years.
While Ali has confessed to eight cases, but it is not clear if the four others are linked.
Prior to the recent flood of cases, Kasur was already infamous for sexual abuse, after authorities uncovered a huge pedophilia ring in the city in 2015.
At least 280 children were sexually abused on camera by men who later blackmailed their families, threatening to leak the footage.