Eight Militants Jailed for Attacking Malala Were Never Convicted

The details emerged after London-based Daily Mirror tried to locate the 10 militants. 

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File photo of activist Malala Yousufzai. (Photo: AP)

Pakistani police say, eight out of 10 militants charged with involvement in the 2012 attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai were actually acquitted in April — not sentenced to life in prison as reported at the time.

Ten Pakistani Taliban militants were reported to have been given a 25-year jail sentence by an anti-terrorism court after holding them guilty. The secrecy surrounding the trial, which was held behind closed doors is now raising suspicions over its validity.

The details emerged after reporters from the London- based Daily Mirror attempted to locate the 10 convicted men in prisons, a media report said.

In April, public prosecutor Sayed Naeem said 10 militants charged over the attack were all convicted by an anti-terrorism court and sentenced to life imprisonment.

The prosecutor claims reporters misquoted him at the time, refusing to further discuss the case.

Anti-terrorism trials in Pakistan are not open to the public.

Malala was targeted by Taliban gunmen while she was returning home from school in Mingora by bus. The gunmen boarded and asked for her by name before shooting her in the head. She was treated for her injuries in the UK and currently lives in Birmingham with her family due to Taliban death threats.

(With agency inputs)

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