Gang member involved in robbing air travellers jailed for 32 years

Published November 26, 2020
An antiterrorism court on Wednesday sentenced an accused, who was a member of the infamous ‘White Corolla’ gang involved in robbing passengers arriving at the airport, to a collective sentence of 32 years in prison. — AFP/File
An antiterrorism court on Wednesday sentenced an accused, who was a member of the infamous ‘White Corolla’ gang involved in robbing passengers arriving at the airport, to a collective sentence of 32 years in prison. — AFP/File

KARACHI: An antiterrorism court on Wednesday sentenced an accused, who was a member of the infamous ‘White Corolla’ gang involved in robbing passengers arriving at the airport, to a collective sentence of 32 years in prison.

Ali Eidan was found guilty of committing murder, engaging in encounter with police, attempting to murder with an illicit weapon and manslaughter in January 2018.

On Wednesday, the ATC-XVI judge, who conducted the trial in the judicial complex inside the central prison, pronounced his judgement.

The judge noted that the prosecution had successfully proved the charges against the accused.

The judge also imposed a collective fine of Rs210,000 on the convict. On default, he would undergo an additional collective imprisonment of 21 months.

However, the court issued a perpetual warrant for the arrest of an alleged absconding accomplice of the convict, Arfeen.

According to the prosecution, a gang of criminals used to rob passengers coming from abroad outside the Karachi airport in a white Corolla car.

On Jan 20, 2018 police spotted Ali Eidan and signalled him to stop on Sharea Faisal near the PAF Gate, but the accused opened fire on the police officials.

As the police chased the fleeing suspects, they also fired shots and injured two passengers and a rickshaw driver.

However, the police officials managed to arrest Ali Eidan while his alleged accomplice Arfeen fled, it added.

Their third alleged accomplice Babar was killed in the exchange of gunfire with the police, said the prosecution, adding that Arfeen and Babar were dressed in police uniform.

Two separate cases were registered against them under Sections 203 (premeditated murder), 324 (attempted murder), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 400 (punishment for belonging to gang of dacoits), 171 (wearing garb or carrying token used by public servant with fraudulent intent), 322 (manslaughter) of the Pakistan Penal Code read with Section 23(i)-A of the Sindh Arms Act, 2013 at the Sharea Faisal police station.

Published in Dawn, November 26th, 2020

Opinion

Zero carbon race
22 Jan 2021

Zero carbon race

Over 100 countries, including Pakistan, have failed to submit their national commitments to cut emissions.
Sports for all
22 Jan 2021

Sports for all

We need a certain level of fitness to observe God’s law.
Normalcy restored
Updated 22 Jan 2021

Normalcy restored

So long as invoking domestic and foreign ‘enemies’ is our ‘normal’, expect our tryst with praetorianism to continue unabated.
The hazards of governance
Updated 21 Jan 2021

The hazards of governance

The most efficient administrations derive their strength from the quality and regularity of intra-department consultation.

Editorial

Updated 22 Jan 2021

Time to heal

A multitude of foreign issues will test Biden’s mettle and require progressive thinking.
22 Jan 2021

Foreign funding

AS the pressure builds on his party in the foreign funding case, Prime Minister Imran Khan has called for an ...
22 Jan 2021

Decaying PTV

THE Cabinet Committee on State-Owned Enterprises has decided to remove Pakistan Television from the list of...
Updated 21 Jan 2021

Agosta kickbacks trial

A POLITICALLY significant trial opened in Paris yesterday. Former French prime minister Edouard Balladur is in the...
Updated 21 Jan 2021

Indian media scandal

Common sense, factual reporting and ethics are all chucked out the window in the maddening race for ratings, influence and power.
21 Jan 2021

Rising food prices

FOOD inflation continues to challenge the resolve of the government to control the prices of essential kitchen items...