Former spouse awarded death sentence in Wajiha Swati murder case

Additional District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Afzal Majoka on Saturday awarded the death sentence to primary accused Rizwan Habib in the murder case of his former spouse, Pakistani-American Wajiha Swati.

The additional district and sessions court passed the judgment with four senior officials of the United States Embassy and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) team present in the court.

The verdict maintained that an American woman was called to Pakistan and killed on the pretext of settling a property dispute worth billions of rupees.

The main culprit, Swati’s former husband, was sentenced to ten years in prison on charges of kidnapping and was fined Rs100,000. He was also sentenced to death on charges of murder and has additional fines of Rs500,000.

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Rizwan’s father Haritullah and employee Sultan were sentenced to seven years in prison for desecrating a corpse and were fined Rs100,000 each.

Zahid and Rashida, the other accused, were acquitted due to a lack of evidence.

An American FBI official stated that the verdict was “the best decision”.

Rizwan Habib being taken from court. VIDEO: EXPRESS

Swati had reached Pakistan on October 16 from the US via the UK and was brutally murdered the next day by her former husband Rizwan Habib and his accomplices.

The body was transported to Khyber-Pakhtunkwa by the killers and it remained buried in a deep pit for 63 days before the Rawalpindi police recovered it and shifted it to Rawalpindi.

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