Christian couple’ lynching case: Petition seeking protection for the eye witnesses filed in the court

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A petition has been filed in the court, seeking protection for the eye witnesses in the case of the Christian couple’ lynching in Kot Radha Kishan. The Anti-Terrorism Court II Lahore was moved, on May 21, Saturday, insisting for security provided to the legal heirs of the deceased Shahzad and Shama and the key witnesses in this case.

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The legal heirs of the victimized Christian couple, Shahzad and Shama and the eye witnesses in this case are facing threats from the victimizers. It was further explained in the petition that the family members of the deceased couple were intimidated by unknown men riding motorcycles, while entering the court premises.

It was maintained that at this occasion, Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill was also accompanying them when the unknown men threatened them not to enter the court and leave immediately. Sardar Mushtaq Gill, head of LEAD is providing legal aid to the victims’ family.

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It was further maintained in the petition that the key eye witnesses have previously been physically abused during the cross-examination which was witnessed by the honorable court. The eye-witnesses were subjected to deliberate physical abuse in an attempt to harass them so that they do not utter the truth before the court. The petition implored the court to settle the case as soon as possible.

While speaking in this regard, Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill said, “The total number of nominated accused persons were 138 of which 106 are arrested and latter three accused were got released on bail and some of whom the accused are still at large particularly from them the legal heirs eye witnesses are under constant life threats.”

Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill went on to explain that the Apex Court has already directed to provide protection and adequate security to the eye witnesses in this case, but thus far implementation on this this ruling has not been done. The eye witnesses and the legal heirs are become susceptible to high risks of being attacked in such cases.

On the other hand during the case hearing, the court summoned Fareeha Adrees, a TV anchor who had filmed an interview of the victims’ families. A petition was filed in this regard to consider this interview as documentary evidence. The case was thus adjourned till May 26.