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Army chief confirms death sentences of 12 hardcore terrorists

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday confirmed death sentences of 12 hardcore terrorists. A statement issued by media wing of armed forces, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the terrorists were involved in heinous offences related to terrorism, including killing of innocent civilians, attacking the law enforcement agencies and armed forces of Pakistan.  "These terrorists also include those who planned and executed attack on Markazi Imam Bargah Parachinar. On the whole,…

North Korea ‘sentences’ four journalists to death over book review

PYONGYANG: Pyongyang has sentenced four South Korean journalists to death for book reviews that insulted the North, state media said Thursday. The Chosun Ilbo and the Dong-A Ilbo, both of them conservative newspapers, reviewed the new Korean edition of "North Korea Confidential", a book by two Seoul-based British journalists first published in 2015. The work details the growing role of the market in daily lives in the North, where South Korean television dramas are circulated on the black market, and fashion items and…

India court sentences ‘House of Horror’ serial killers

NEW DELHI: An Indian court sentenced a businessman and his servant to death Monday for the murder of a woman at a mansion dubbed the "House of Horrors", where 18 other victims were found butchered. Moninder Singh Pandher and his groundskeeper Surinder Koli were found guilty at the weekend of the rape and murder of 20-year-old Pinki Sarkar, whose skeleton was found along with other human remains near Pandher's house outside New Delhi in 2006. Her murder case was described in court as the "rarest of the rare", a…

Egypt sentences journalist union head to two years’ jail

CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced the head of the journalists' union and two members to two years in prison for "harbouring fugitives", allowing them to pay bail pending an appeal. Journalists Syndicate president Yahiya Kallash, Gamal Abd el-Rahim and Khaled Elbalshy were charged in May with sheltering two journalists wanted over protests against the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. The court set bail at 10,000 Egyptian pounds ($615, 580 euros), a court official said. Their arrest…

Most Afghan women serve sentences in elders’ homes: report

SHARANA: When 18-year-old Fawzia was convicted of elopement and adultery, a local Afghan court in the south-eastern province of Paktika sentenced her to jail. She soon discovered that she would not be serving the 18-month sentence in a government-run prison, but in the house of a tribal elder where she would work as an unpaid domestic servant, entirely under his control. "I was treated like an animal and kept like a slave," Fawzia told Reuters in Sharana, the provincial capital of Paktika. Released briefly from detention…

Indian court sentences five to death over 2006 Mumbai blasts

Another seven found guilty of involvement in the attacks in India's financial capital were sentenced to life imprisonment by the special court, their defence lawyer told reporters. The 12 men were convicted of murder, conspiracy and waging war against the country over the coordinated series of attacks that killed 189 people and wounded more than 800. Defence lawyer Wahab Khan said all 12 would appeal. "We still believe they have been framed and the court has relied on confessions and not on mitigating evidence," he told…