Lahore: Eye-witnesses of Christian couple’s lynching assaulted by prosecution during court hearing

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Witnesses and kinsmen of the Christian couple lynched by a mob in Kot Radha Kishan, face humiliation and abuse from the prosecution lawyers. In keeping with a Christian lawyer, Sardar Mushtaq Gill, who is overseeing this case the eye-witnesses of the incident were blatantly physically assaulted by the prosecution, in order to harass ad pressurize them not to disclose the truth.

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Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill disclosed that the Lahore Anti-Terrorism Court had summoned all legal heirs along with eyes witnesses of the Kot Radha Kishan lynching case, on April 28. These eye witnesses and legal heirs were called in order to be interrogated by the prosecution lawyers. On this occasion, the defense counsel comprising Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill, Advocate Kashif Alexander, Advocate Salvance Jacob and Advocate Aric John, were also present during the case hearing.

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Advocate Srdar Mushtaq revealed that both eye-witnesses, Khurram and Shahbaz faced humiliation and blatant assault by the prosecution lawyers. He said that the prosecution lawyers physically abused the two eye-witnesses. Moreover, the prosecution lawyers used indecent language, while one of the prosecutions’ lawyers even pushed Khurram and yanked his hair as well; in order to harass him not to state the truth.

Seeing, this, the defense counsel’ lawyer raised a objection, and the court was requested to take notice of the behavior of the prosecution’ lawyers but the court overruled the objection. Sardar Mushtaq Gill’ legal aid organisation LEAD has assumed the case as defense counsel from April 20. He says that from the time, up till now six legal heirs and eye witnesses have been presented before the court for their cross-examination, more will also be appearing before the court during the next scheduled hearing of the case.