Wednesday, April 24, 2013
From Print Edition
An anti-terrorism court sentenced an extortionist to 11 years in jail on Tuesday.
Muhammad Rashid had tried to extort Rs200,000 from a shopkeeper, threatening him with dire consequences on January 16.
The complainant, Mehdi Junaid, who lives in Saudabad, had initially told the convicted man that he could not pay such a huge sum.
The amount was bargained at Rs30,000 and Rashid asked the shop owner to come to a place in Malir.
Junaid then informed the Saudabad police about the extortionist. The police followed the complainant and arrested Rashid red-handed as the shopkeeper paid him the money.
Additional District and Sessions Judge (East) Surraiya Mehboob acted as the judge of the anti-terrorism court under Sections 385 and 386 of Pakistan Penal Code.
The man was also charged with keeping an unlicensed weapon and the case was referred to the court under the provisions of anti-terrorism act.
The judge awarded him a seven-year term for extortion and another four years of imprisonment for the illegal weapon. The court also imposed a fine of Rs20,000 on Rashid and in case of default, he would serve another two months in jail.