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Espionage charges: Brigadier, civilian awarded death sentence, Maj-Gen jailed for 14 years

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Islamabad (TP) May 30: A Field General Court Martial has handed down a death sentence to a retired army brigadier and a civilian while a 14-year jail sentence to a three-star general on charges of espionage and leakage of sensitive information to foreign agencies.

Meanwhile, Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa on Thursday endorsed the punishment to the three convicts identified as Brigadier (retd) Raja Rizwan, Doctor Wasim Akram and Lt-Gen Javed Iqbal, who was awarded 14 years rigorous imprisonment under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and Official Secret Act by the Field General Court Martial (FGCM),said a statement issued by the army’s media wing, the Inter-Services Public Relations.

According to the media reports, the officers were tried under the PAA and Official Secret Act by separate FGCM for separate cases,” the ISPR statement said.

The ISPR also released a video statement of ISPR chief Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor confirming the court-martial of the three.

The ISPR did not divulge the exact nature of the espionage charges against the officers for which they had been convicted.

In February this year, Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor disclosed that “two senior servicemen had been arrested for espionage charges.

 

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