RAWALPINDI: A double murder convict was hanged on Tuesday after spending almost two decades in Central Jail Adiala for killing his brother and sister-in-law in Kallar Syedan.

Mohammad Izrum, a resident of Kallar Syedan, was arrested by the police on April 21, 2001 for the murder of his brother Mohammad Javaid and his sister-in-law Rukhsana over a property dispute on May 31, 1998.

The accused was awarded the death sentence on two counts by the court of an additional sessions judge on Sept 30, 2004.

In addition, he was also ordered to pay Rs500,000 fine and in case of failing to pay fine, he had to undergo a six month imprisonment.

Mohammad Izrum filed a mercy appeal in the Lahore High Court against the verdict of the trial court in 2004 which was dismissed in April 2010 and the death sentence was upheld.

He then filed an appeal in the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 2011 which was also dismissed in Jan 2017. A final clemency appeal was made to the president through the Punjab Home Department which was also dismissed on Aug 5, 2017.

After the final mercy appeal was rejected by the president, the concerned court of law issued a death warrant and fixed the date for the execution of the convicted murder for July 18, 2017.

He was hanged in the central jail at 4:30 am on Tuesday. His body was handed over to his son.

Published in Dawn, July 19th, 2017

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