Cheating blind woman: Judge sentences human trafficker to 12 years

Accused arrested for depriving a sight impaired woman of her fortune by convincing her that he would take her abroad


APP February 03, 2017
PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: A special FIA court judge on Friday handed a 12-year prison sentence and imposed a Rs200,000 fine on a human trafficker for defrauding a visually-challenged woman on the pretext of sending her abroad for treatment.

The victim was especially brought to the courtroom on Friday as Islamabad Central Special Judge Malik Nazir pronounced the sentence.

In 2013, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had apprehended Shafqat Hussain, a resident of Rawalpindi, for depriving a sight impaired woman of her meagre fortune – her life savings - by convincing her that he would take her abroad where highly qualified doctors could bring back her sight.

FIA also produced the relevant evidence before the court. Judge Nazir, on the basis of the statements and the evidence, declared Hussain guilty of human trafficking and fraud.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 4th, 2017.

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