Pakistan high court orders re-arrest of 13 in gang-rape case

[JURIST] Pakistan's Supreme Court [official website] Tuesday overturned the acquittals of 13 men in a gang-rape case and ordered them re-arrested after an appeal by the victim, Mukhtar Mai [BBC profile]. The attack was supposedly ordered by village elders in retaliation for an affair her brother had with a higher-caste woman. At first, six men were convicted and sentenced to death for the June 2002 attack but five were acquitted on appeal and the sixth had his sentenced reduced [JURIST report]. Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf [Wikipedia profile] also temporarily revoked Mai's passport, but it has since been returned. The Supreme Court will hear appeals from Mai and the suspects at a future date. AP has more.



 

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