Extortionist gets seven-year term


KARACHI: An Anti-Terrorism Court on Tuesday awarded a seven-year-imprisonment with Rs 10,000 fine to a convict, Farhan, in a money extortion case. The accused will have to undergo an additional six-month-term if he fails to pay the fine, the court ordered

ATC judge found Farhan guilty of demanding extortion from a businessman in 2013. The judge pronounced the verdict after recording the witnesses’ statements, evidences and arguments from both sides.

According to prosecution, police arrested accused red-handed on 15 May 2013 when he reached to collect the extortion money. The Extortionist demanded Rs 1.5 million as protection money from complainant, Mohammad Ameen, a trader in Lee market and after some negotiation both the parties were settled on the amount of Rs 50,000.

Meanwhile, Ameen, informed the police that he was receiving threatening calls from a caller who identified himself as a member Sheraz Comrade group of Lyari gang war.

The police had planned to arrest the extortionist red-handed as they provided the complainant with a box containing plain white papers to give it to the extortionist. On 15 May 2013, when the suspect reached to collect the extortion amount at fixed place, the police personnel who were already deployed at the scene apprehended the accused.