KARACHI: Two suspects who were accused of robbing an advocate and his friend were released on probation for a year by a district and sessions court on Thursday.
Malir’s first additional district and sessions judge, Sadaf Asif, released Muhammad Raheel and Muhammad Rohail on probation. Raheel had been in police custody since his arrest, while Rohail had been released on bail.
The complainant, Muhammad Waseem, alleged in his statement that he was standing outside his house with Advocate Rasheed in October 2009, when three boys on a motorcycle stopped nearby and looted them at gunpoint. The boys reportedly robbed Rasheed of Rs13,000.
They were later intercepted by a group of policemen while they were allegedly planning to commit a burglary in the area. The police managed to arrest the two of them, and seized weapons and cash.
An FIR No. 328/09 was registered against the two boys under sections 394 and 34 of the Pakistan Penal Code at Steel Town police station. During the course of the hearing, the prosecution presented four witnesses and evidence recovered by the police.
However, the judge released them on probation under section 11 of the Juvenile Justice Ordinance 2000 as they were minors when they committed the offence.
They were handed over to the probation officer, who was directed to observe the conduct of both the suspects throughout their conviction period of one year, and submit quarterly reports. The court declared the third accomplice, Danish, an absconder.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 7th, 2012.
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