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Pakistani Man Formally Charged

February 8, 2000

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) _ A man who confessed to killing 100 children was formally charged with their deaths Tuesday.

Javed Iqbal turned himself in to authorities in December and gave a ``confession statement,″ according to police. He took police to the site where two victims were buried, but police have not found any more corpses.

The case has caused a sensation in Pakistan, and human rights groups have called for a campaign to protect street children. Many of the children who disappeared were from extremely poor families and spent their days begging in the streets.

Iqbal appeared briefly in the Lower Court in Lahore on Tuesday, but did not speak. Judge Ghulam Hussein referred the case to the Session Court, where evidence is expected to be presented beginning Wednesday.

Although Iqbal has confessed, Pakistani law still calls for a trial to be held.

He could face the death penalty if convicted.

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