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Shakil Afridi's sentence reduced by 10 years

The Commissioner of Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) Captain Munir Azam (Retd), while announcing judgement in the Dr Shakil Afridi detention case on Saturday, reduced his conviction by 10 years besides reducing the fine by Rs one million. The Commissioner FCR maintained the old judgement but removed Clause 123 A and reviewed the jail term and fine, during the hearing held on Saturday. On the occasion, Shakil's counsel Samiullah Afridi said the decision was unexpected and that they would appeal against it in the Fata Tribunal.

Shakil's lawyer added that they had not demanded a review of the verdict but wanted a fresh trial in the case. Earlier, Shakil's lawyer had appealed to the Fata Tribunal to remove the sentence which was then submitted to the Commissioner FCR for a review. Dr Shakil Afridi was sentenced to 33 years in prison and fined Rs 320,000 on charges of colluding with CIA. However, the tribal court did not entertain the evidence relating to Dr Shakil Afridi's involvement with the CIA, citing a lack of jurisdiction. His sentence was overturned last year in August and a retrial was ordered.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2014


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