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Officers sentenced for espionage handed over to jail authorities: DG ISPR

Officers sentenced for espionage handed over to jail authorities: DG ISPR
June 2, 2019
RAWALPINDI (92 News) – Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor said that the three officers sentenced for espionage on May 30 had been handed over to civil jail authorities. In a tweet, the DG ISPR said that the officers had been immediately arrested upon intelligence about their involvement in espionage. “They remained under military custody throughout their respective trial,” he said.
On May 30, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa endorsed the punishment to two army and one civil officer on the charges of espionage/ leakage of sensitive information to foreign agencies prejudice to the national security. According to the statement of the Inter-Service Public Relation (ISPR), the officers were tried under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and Official Secret Act by separate Field General Court Martial (FGCM) for separate cases. Lieutenant General (retd) Javed Iqbal has been awarded 14 years rigorous imprisonment, while Brigadier (retd) Raja Rizwan has been awarded the death sentence. Doctor Wasim Akram, who was employed at a sensitive organization, has also been awarded the death penalty. Some 400 officers of every rank have been given various punishments, including dismissal from service, during the last two years.
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