SC takes up Afridi’s appeal today
A two-member bench of the Supreme Court will take up on Monday (today), December 12 the appeal of Rehmat Shah Afridi, editor-in-Chief of an English language daily, against the sentence of life imprisonment in a drugs trafficking case.
The hearing on this appeal was also held on November 22 however appellant counsel sought adjournment. Following this, the bench comprising Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday and Justice Chaudhry Ijaz Ahmed fixed the case for hearing for December 12.
Rehmat Shah Afridi was arrested on April 1, 1999 on charges of alleged recovery of Charas from his car by anti-narcotics force (ANF). He was awarded death sentence on two counts by the Special Court of Anti-Narcotics in June 2001. He challenged this sentence before the Lahore High Court. A division bench of the LHC, after hearing arguments, commuted the capital sentence into life imprisonment in June 2003. The appellant filed appeal before the Supreme Court seeking acquittal from this case while setting aside the sentence.
Source: The News