Shahrukh Jatoi, who has been awarded a death sentence for killing 20-year-old Shahzeb Khan, has decided to appeal against his conviction by the anti-terrorism court.
His lawyers told The Express Tribune on Monday that his client will exercise his right to challenge the anti-terrorism court’s verdict, which also gave the same sentence to Shahrukh’s friend, Nawab Siraj Talpur.
His brother, Nawab Sajjad Talpur was given life imprisonment. The Talpur brothers are also appealing their conviction at the Sindh High Court. Advocate Mehmood Qureshi filed an appeal on their behalf on Monday.
Qureshi argued that the prosecution’s story is based on dishonesty and mala fide, as it was based on ‘second’ version given by the complainant, DSP Aurangzeb Khan, who is also the victim’s father. As a defence lawyer for the Talpurs, Qureshi had relied on as many as 30 judgments rendered by the superior courts to support the claim that his clients did not play any role that could result in the alleged murder, he said, adding that the trial court did not bring those reported judgments on record.
The trial court had also overruled the objection against the addition of a second version in the FIR by the complainant, he added. “The trial court had not considered the evidence available on record as well as statements of the witnesses of the defence,” he said. “The case totally relies on the prosecution’s version, which is full of flaws and contradictions.”
Published in The Express Tribune, June 11th, 2013.
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