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Convicted Killer Appeals Sentence

March 22, 2000

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) _ A man convicted and sentenced to death in the killing of 100 children filed an appeal Wednesday.

Last week a lower court judge found Javed Iqbal guilty of killing 100 children and sentenced him to die as his victims’ died: strangled, his body cut into 100 pieces and dissolved in a vat of acid.

Judge Allah Baksh Ranja found Iqbal guilty of sexually molesting his victims, before strangling them and dissolving their remains in a vat of acid. The case is Pakistan’s worst serial killing on record.

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Moinuddin Haider criticized the sentence, saying the army-led government would challenge it.

Iqbal, who originally confessed to the killings in a letter to police and in a confession, later recanted and pleaded innocent.

No date for his appeal has been set.

Ranja also sentenced Iqbal to 700 years in prison. An accomplice also was sentenced to death and two other men, both juveniles, were sentenced to lengthy prison terms.

Iqbal’s lawyer Najeeb Faisal, when filing the appeal, said police failed to prove his client’s guilt.

The serial killing generated outrage throughout Pakistan. This was one of the nation’s first serial killing cases.

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