Afridi given life term
LAHORE – The LHC Division Bench Judges Tasadduq Hussain Jilani and Saeed Akhtar on June 3 changed the earlier awarded death sentence by the Special Anti-narcotics Court, Lahore to Rehmat Shah Afridi to life imprisonment. Mr. Afridi was accused, tried and convicted of drug trafficking. The court however retained the earlier announced fine of Rs20 lakh.
Mr. Afridi was arrested on April 1, 1999 in a joint operation conducted by Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) and the police outside a local five-star hotel where he had arrived allegedly to finalise an illegal drugs deal.
The police recovered 21 Kgs of charas from Mr. Afridi’s vehicle, while on a tip-off, another 651 Kgs of charas was recovered from a truck at Sheikhpura Road the same evening. The authorities took the truck-driver Misal Khan and his accomplice Abdul Khan into custody for transporting the drugs for Mr. Afridi.
The court has also granted Afridi the benefits of section 382 of the Criminal Procedure Code (Cr. PC). This provision will enable Afridi to enumerate the period he has so far served, in the total period of the life term.
Source: The Nation