LAHORE: A counter-terrorism court in Pakistan’s Punjab province on Monday sentenced six people to death and seven others to life imprisonment for their involvement in the lynching of a Sri Lankan national for alleged blasphemy.
The Lahore Anti-Terrorism Court also sentenced the remaining 67 other suspects to two years in prison.
Judge Natasha Nasim, who held the trial daily behind closed doors at the maximum-security Kot Lakhpat prison in Lahore, announced the verdict in the presence of the suspects.
However, the judge did not announce the verdict of nine juvenile suspects, whose trial has yet to be completed.
A gang of more than 800 men, including supporters of the hardline Islamist party Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), allegedly attacked a garment factory in Sialkot on Dec. 3 and lynched its 47-year-old general manager Priyantha Kumara and burned his body. on charges of blasphemy. district, about 100 km from Lahore.
The incident sparked widespread outrage and condemnation across Pakistan, with politicians, scientists and members of civil society calling for swift punishment of the perpetrators.