How to get away with murder in Pakistan
By Robert ParryReuters|Posted May 12, 2008 09:09:16A Pakistan court sentenced a woman to life imprisonment for the murder of her former husband, a court official said Thursday, calling the conviction a “victory” for women.
The woman’s trial began last month and the court has scheduled it for next month.
The court official told Reuters that the sentence would be carried out by a woman named Anil who was convicted in the northern city of Multan, and is due to be hanged on Monday.
The woman’s former husband was arrested in November 2008 and was later killed by police in Multan.
The court official, who did not want to be named, said the court was told Anil had confessed to the crime.
The prosecution did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The death sentence was part of a package of measures in the case of the alleged killing of Muhammad Farooq, a journalist and activist.
He was murdered in December 2008 while reporting from a tribal village near Multan in Pakistan’s northwest.
His death has sparked protests and unrest in the country.
The government says the death was a result of an “honor killing.”
Prosecutors are appealing the verdict to the Supreme Court, which is currently investigating the case.
The verdict is expected to be announced in February.