Court docket indicts Shahnawaz Amir, Sameena Shah in Sarah Inam homicide case

Shahnawaz Amir (L) and Sarah Inam (R). Photo: Twitter/file
Shahnawaz Amir (L) and Sarah Inam (R). Picture: Twitter/file

ISLAMABAD: A district and periods court docket in Islamabad Monday indicted Shahnawaz Amir, the principle accused, and his mom Sameena Shah within the Sarah Inam Homicide case.

The indictment order was issued by choose Atta Rabbani after he dismissed Sameena’s utility searching for to be discharged from the case. The choose had earlier as we speak reserved the decision on her plea.

Each the accused have pleaded not responsible to the crime, whereas the court docket has requested the prosecution to summon the witnesses on December 14.

Shahnawaz’s mom recordsdata plea to get discharged from case

When the court docket took up the case as we speak, it heard Shah’s utility requesting it to discharge her from the homicide case.

Sameena Shah’s lawyer, Nasir Asghar, informed the court docket that the police wrote in its challan that his shopper was discovered on the crime scene however didn’t point out her involvement.

“When the prosecution’s case isn’t in opposition to her then she ought to be discharged from the case,” Asghar informed the court docket. He added that the court docket must make its last opinion after wanting on the challan.

Shah’s lawyer additionally informed the court docket that when the police arrived on the crime scene she handed her son to the regulation enforcement company.

“The one purpose given is that the plaintiff is insisting [on adding her name],” stated the lawyer. He added that aside from this there was nothing in opposition to his shopper.

At this level, the court docket adjourned the listening to after the lawyer of Inam ur Rehman, Sarah’s father, couldn’t attain the court docket.

As soon as the lawyer arrived, the listening to was resumed.

The lawyer informed the court docket that they agree that when Sarah got here to the farmhouse the three of them — the sufferer and each accused — had dinner collectively within the night. He added that it was additionally talked about within the police file that Sarah got here there after the divorce.

“What occurred when these three individuals sat collectively that night?” requested the lawyer. He added that the divorce between the couple occurred two days earlier than the homicide and the CCTV cameras additionally stopped working the identical day.

The lawyer additionally informed the court docket that Shah’s counsel had stated that the homicide occurred at 9:00am however the postmortem was suggesting one thing else.

“In accordance with their data, even when the incident occurred at 9:00am, the autopsy is telling one thing else,” the lawyer contended.

The DVR has been seized by the police and despatched for forensics, the lawyer stated. He added that within the investigation it was discovered that Ayaz Amir, who was discharged, reported the crime to the police.

Who was Sarah Inam?

Sarah Inam, 37, was a Canadian nationwide and a profitable economist who labored with Deloitte and USAID at totally different factors of her profession. She was married to Shahnawaz for simply three months earlier than being murdered.

She had a masters diploma from the College of Waterloo and was presently employed within the authorities sector within the United Arab Emirates, as per family and friends.

Sarah is survived by her father, mom and two elder brothers.

The case

After the incident on September 23, Shahnawaz was detained by the police from a farmhouse in Islamabad’s Chak Shahzad space for being a suspect in his spouse’s homicide and later confessed to killing her, saying he “thought” his partner was having an affair. The couple was married for simply three months.

Subsequent day, a trial court docket authorised the arrest warrants of Ayaz Amir and his former spouse Sameena Shah, as the 2 have been nominated as suspects by Sarah’s household. Amir was arrested whereas his former spouse later acquired pre-arrest bail.

Within the police report registered following the homicide, an extra clause of Part 109 (punishment for abetment) of the Pakistan Penal Code was added on the request of Sarah’s uncles — Colonel (retd) Ikram and Zia-ur-Rahim — who’ve blamed Ayaz Amir and his former spouse for his or her niece’s homicide.

The petitioners maintained that Sameena was residing on the farmhouse the place Sarah was murdered.

Nevertheless, throughout a listening to on September 27, an Islamabad court docket discharged Ayaz Amir from the case citing “no proof” in opposition to him in Sarah’s homicide. 

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