Pakistani judge orders execution of convicted child killer

Mohammad Imran was arrested in January, two weeks after authorities say he raped and killed Zainab and threw her body into a garbage dump in the city of Kasur. (AP/File)
Updated 12 October 2018

Pakistani judge orders execution of convicted child killer

  • Mohammad Imran was sentenced to death in February after a Lahore court convicted him of killing the children.
  • Victims included 7-year-old Zainab Ansari whose rape and murder shocked Pakistan.

LAHORE: A Pakistani judge has signed the execution order for a serial child killer convicted of killing eight children in eastern Punjab province.
Mohammad Imran was sentenced to death in February after a Lahore court convicted him of killing the children, including a 7-year-old Zainab Ansari whose rape and murder shocked Pakistan.
He was arrested in January, two weeks after authorities say he raped and killed Zainab and threw her body into a garbage dump in the city of Kasur.
The case has also triggered street protests in Kasur.
After his arrest, Imran confessed to the other slayings. He pleaded guilty.
Judge Sheikh Sajjad on Friday ordered that Imran be hanged next Wednesday.


Syrian president’s uncle faces Paris money laundering trial

Updated 09 December 2019

Syrian president’s uncle faces Paris money laundering trial

  • Watchdog organizations filed a complaint in Paris in 2014 charging that the value of his French real estate holdings exceeds his income
  • The 82-year-old will not appear in court himself for medical reasons

PARIS: The uncle of Syrian President Bashar Assad is going on trial in Paris, accused of illegally using Syrian state funds to build a French real estate empire.
Rifaat Assad, a former Syrian vice president and brother to longtime leader Hafez Assad, has lived in Europe since his exile from Syria following a failed coup attempt in the 1980s.
Watchdog organizations filed a complaint in Paris in 2014 charging that the value of his French real estate holdings — some 90 million euros ($99.5 million) — far exceeds his known income.
French authorities have been probing his finances since then, and an investigating judge ordered him earlier this year to stand trial for money laundering.
Rifaat Assad denies the charges “completely,” Cedric Anthony-Btesh, a representative of the family, told The Associated Press on Monday.
The trial kicks off Monday afternoon. The 82-year-old will not appear in court himself for medical reasons, Anthony-Btesh said.