Sarabjit murder trial begins in Pakistan

The murder trial of Indian national Sarabjit Singh began at a high-security Pakistani jail here Wednesday with a court holding the first hearing against alleged killers.

Two death row prisoners had brutally attacked 49-year-old Sarabjit at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in April last year. Sarabjit, who sustained severe injuries, including a fractured skull, died on May 2. Police had booked Amer Aftab and Mudassar for the attack. They reportedly told investigators that they had attacked Sarabjit because he had allegedly carried out bomb attacks in Lahore.

Additional Sessions Judge Syed Anjum Raza started the hearing after the police filed a challan of the case before him.

The judge adjourned the hearing till January 16. The jail administration is a complainant to the case.

Earlier, a single member-judicial commission had held a "thorough" inquiry of the incident and recorded the statements of over 50 people including Indian prisoners and jail staff. "The commission's report will also be presented before the trial court as it is a part of the investigation," an official said. Both the accused had also recorded their statements with the commission, confessing to the murder.

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