The BBC reports that the Pakistani government lied when it said that the ten men arrested for the assassination attempt on the life of Malala Yousafzai were convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison. In fact, eight of the ten were acquitted in a secret trial and set free.
Eight of the 10 men reportedly jailed for the attempted assassination of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai were acquitted, it has emerged.
In April, officials in Pakistan said that 10 Taliban fighters had been found guilty and received 25-year jail terms.
But sources have now confirmed to the BBC that only two of the men who stood trial were convicted.The secrecy surrounding the trial, which was held behind closed doors, raised suspicions over its validity.
The court judgement – seen for the first time on Friday more than a month after the trial – claims that the two men convicted were those who shot Ms Yousafzai in 2012.
This is the problem with secret trials, they prevent any accountability whatsoever and make justice impossible to achieve or have confidence in.