October 11th, 2011
04:17 AM ET

Pakistan court suspends death sentence of governor's killer

A Pakistani court has suspended the death sentence of Mumtaz Qadri, a security guard who killed a liberal politician over the latter's remarks on the nation's controversial blasphemy law.

"Qadri was provoked by the governor and should therefore be tried for murder, not an act of terror which is what he was tried for earlier" said his attorney Raja Shuja Ur Rehman in confirming the judge's decision.

Earlier this month, a terror court in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, near Pakistan's capital, sentenced Qadri to death. The Islamabad High Court suspended the sentence Tuesday until the appeals process is complete.

The court did not say when it will meet again to consider the case.

Police said Qadri, a policeman serving as a security guard for Punjab Gov. Salman Taseer, fatally shot him in a market in Islamabad on January 4 because of Taseer's remarks on Pakistan's controversial blasphemy law.

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    October 11, 2011 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. leeintulsa

    Lol.. If a lawyer of mine ever says i should be tried for murder, i'll kill him..

    October 11, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |

    Kill him already, dont make a fukin hero out of him. hes got balls, ill give him that

    October 11, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. jordan scene©

    They have to put his trial on hold so they can charge the doctor who helped the CIA track obl with treason and execute him first. They are so ass backwards there its not even funny. Wonder what the charge would be if somebody here took out Boehner or Cantor.

    October 11, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |