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Pakistani Supreme upholds death sentence to Indian spy

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, March 10, IRNA
Pakistan-Indian Spy
The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday dismissed a review petition of an Indian citizen against his death penalty and upheld his death sentence on charges of a bomb blast in the eastern city of Lahore in 1990.

Surabjeet Singh was accused of carrying out the blast in Lahore's Yakee Gate locality in July 1990, which had killed six people including a woman.

He was arrested on August 30, 1990 by the Intelligence Battalion in the border town of Kasur in Pakistani Punjab, Surabjeet Singh's lawyer Rana Abdul Hameed said.

Surabjeet Singh was also facing execution in Pakistan in another three cases for spying for India's intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), and involvement in several bombings.

The member-bench of the Supreme Court did not consider his review petition on the ground that it was already rejected by the Apex Court due to time barred.

He was first awarded death sentence by the Anti Terrorism Court in 1991 for allegedly planting bomb at three different localities in Lahore.

The death penalty was upheld by the Lahore High Court.

Later, the Supreme Court also confirmed his death sentences in all four cases.

Rana Abdul Hameed, defence counsel, in his first review petition, requested the court to hear all four review petitions together as he said the prosecution witnesses and the investigation officers are the same in all four cases.

However the court turned down his plea and held that separate reports had been lodged in all four cases.

Surbajeet Singh has also filed three other review petitions in the Supreme Court which are yet to be heard by the court.

Surabjeet Singh death sentence has assumed political dimension since the Supreme Court upheld his death sentence in his other cases last year.

India has appealed to Pakistan to spare the life of Surabjeet Singh.


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