An anti-terrorism court on Tuesday sentenced a man to seven years in jail after convicting him of extorting a businessman.
Farhan Saleem was arrested in May 2013 when he was collecting extortion money from a soap trader, Muhammad Ameen, in Lyari's Lea Market. The trader had registered a complaint with the police about the threatening calls he had been receiving, demanding Rs1.5 million.
The caller identified himself as notorious gangster Sheraz Comrade and threatened to kill him if he did not pay the protection money, said the complaint, adding that they settled on an amount of Rs50,000 after negotiation.
On the night of May 15, 2013, the complainant went to the pre-decided site, where a motorcyclist approached him and demanded the money. The police personnel deployed at the site intervened and apprehended the suspect, who was later identified as Saleem.
ATC-III judge Saleem Raza Baloch found the suspect guilty and sentenced him to seven years in prison.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 8th, 2015.