Usman Mirza, the primary culprit in the Islamabad harassment case, and four others were sentenced to life in prison on Friday, while two accomplices were acquitted.
The case was tried in Islamabad’s Additional Sessions Court, where the police presented all of the defendants, including Usman Mirza.
Following the hearing, Additional Sessions Judge Ata Rabbani sentenced Usman Mirza, Hafiz Ataur Rehman, Adaras Qayyum Butt, Farhan Shaheen, and Mohib Bangash to life imprisonment.
Umar Bilal and Rehan Hassan Mughal, on the other hand, were found not guilty.
The judge requested accused Farhan Shaheen to recount what transpired on that day at today’s hearing. Was he present at the time of the incident? He claimed that he was not present at the time and that he was innocent; nonetheless, the court ordered the police to return him after hearing his side of the story.
Accused Mohib Mirza also said before the judge that he was at home at the time of the occurrence.
Meanwhile, Usman Mirza was cross-examined by the extra sessions judge, who asked him why he made the video. In response to the query, he stated that he was unaware of the video and that “this was done by our opponents.”
The victim couple, who had been tormented at an apartment in Sector E-11 of the federal capital, reversed their position in January and refused to recognize the accused.
“I state on oath that the accused, who have been nominated in the case and who are arrested and produced before the court of law, were neither those persons who were seen in the video and who were present on the place of occurrence, nor any one of them put strain on me nor filmed any video forcibly and not even took off my dres,” Sundas Tahir, wife of Asad Raza, declared in her written statement on an attested affidavit with her signature
“I made no statement against any of the accused nominated and arrested in the case before the police investigators or magistrate, and I did not nominate or identify any of them.” “I do not wish to pursue any case against any of the accused, nominated, or arrested in the case,” the victim girl added.
It’s worth noting that in July of last year, a video showed the primary accused in the case, Usman Mirza, severely assaulting and harassing a young couple in a room full of other males leaked on social media.
The Islamabad police arrested Mirza and filed a first information report (FIR) in the case just hours after the video went viral.
In the Islamabad couple harassment case, seven persons were were charged, including Usman Mirza.
Session Extensions Hafiz Ataur Rehman, Farhan Shaheen, Adaras Qayyum Butt, Rehan Hassan Mughal, Umar Bilal, and Mohib Bangash were all indicted by Judge Ata Rabbani.
Furthermore, the Islamabad High Court dismissed the three accused’s bail applications and ordered the authorities to conclude Usman Mirza’s trial case within two months.