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Court awards death sentence to Shahnawaz Amir in brutal murder of his wife Sarah Inam

ISLAMABAD: Today, a District and Sessions Court in Islamabad is poised to deliver its verdict in the Sarah Inam murder case, as the victim’s father advocates for the accused to face the death penalty.

Judge Nasir Javed of the District and Sessions Court had reserved the decision on December 9.

During the previous court session, Samina Shah’s lawyer, Nisar Asghar, argued that the evidence fails to establish his client’s involvement in the murder. He urged the court to release Samina Shah after the fulfillment of legal proceedings.

Sarah Inam, a Canadian national, was purportedly killed by her husband in Islamabad on September 24, 2022. Shahnawaz Amir, the accused and son of renowned journalist Ayaz Amir, was apprehended on September 23 last year.

Subsequently, Shahnawaz was remanded in judicial custody and formally charged in the murder case on December 5, 2022.

The case was filed under Section 302 (punishment for murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code on September 23, 2022.

During a police intervention at the residence, Shahnawaz barricaded himself in a room. Officers eventually entered and subdued him, noting that his clothing and hands were stained with blood, as stated in the FIR.

In September, Sarah’s father, in a press conference, emphasized the need for a swift trial against the suspect.

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