ISLAMABAD: A court convicted five men on Saturday of murdering a television reporter, his brother said, marking the first time anyone has been convicted for killing a journalist.
Wail Babar, a 28-year-old journalist for a local television channel, shot dead on Jan 13, 2011 as he left work.
One of the men convicted, Shahrukh Khan, said in a videotaped confession posted on YouTube that he had been asked to follow Wali Babar home from work by an activist from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). The MQM denies any link to Khan or the other killers.
Khan said he followed Babar and called in the route to the MQM activist. Moments later, a man he had met at the activist’s house shot Babar to death, he said.
The activist and the gunman were never caught but the court sentenced them to death in absentia, said prosecutor Abdul Maroof. One man was acquitted and Khan and three others were sentenced to life in prison.
Six witnesses, a lawyer and two policemen linked to the case have been murdered, said Maroof, who took on the case in 2012 after two previous prosecutors fled the country.
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