Rawalpindi: The Rawalpindi bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday acquitted four prisoners who were at the death row and ordered their immediate release.
Holding that the death sentences awarded to the prisoners were not based on justice, the court ordered the immediate release of Habibullah, Fazal Hameed, Tahir Hussain and Naseer Ahmed.
The suspects were arrested in relation to a 2002 suicide attack on Shah-e-Najaf Imambargh Rawalpindi, in which 11 people were killed 19 injured, and awarded death penalty on December 9, 2004 by the anti terrorism court.
Malik Rafiq, the counsel for the four prisoners, filed an application with Rawalpindi bench of the LHC contending that the trial was unfair and his clients had been subjected to injustice. He said the investigation officer of the case at the time, Raja Saqlain, was shot dead in an attempt to allegedly weaken the investigation.