Pakistan Lied About Jailing Malala’s Killers

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.

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  • StevoR

    The secrecy surrounding the trial, which was held behind closed doors, raised suspicions over its validity.

    I’d say the outcome of the trial raises a fair few suspicions over its validity too!

  • busterggi

    I’m sure that all eight are good members of the religion of privilege in their culture.

  • ricko

    This is the problem with secret trials, they prevent any accountability whatsoever and make justice impossible to achieve or have confidence in.

    Why would a secret trials have ANY confidence in them?

  • Artor

    Did anyone here have confidence in the “justice” to be found in Pakistan in the first place?

  • Randomfactor

    “Attackers,” or “Attempted killers.”

  • grumpyoldfart

    When that girl was shot nearly every person on the planet assumed that the thugs would probably escape justice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    “This is the problem with secret trials, they prevent any accountability whatsoever and make justice impossible to achieve or have confidence in.”

    Feature, not a bug, as far as Pakistan is concerned.

  • Childermass

    “I’m sure that all eight are good members of the religion of privilege in their culture.”

    To be fair, the victim was also a good member of the religion of privilege in that culture.

    Not that the bigots cared.

  • abb3w

    Possibly symptomatic of an implicit controversy as to what would actually constitute “justice”.