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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

Pak court issues re-arrest orders of Mai rapists

[b]Pak court issues re-arrest orders of Mai rapists[/b]

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

[b]Islamabad, 29 June, ( [/b]The Supreme Court of Pakistan Tuesday ordered the arrest of five suspects who were earlier acquitted of gang raping of Mukhtaran Mai on the orders of a village council.

"Non-bailable warrants of arrest of the respondents are issued and they shall be treated as under-trial prisoners," said Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, Pakistan's acting chief justice, in a brief order.

Mukhtaran Mai, launched an appeal on Monday against the acquittals of the five men, who had been sentenced to death for the gang rape.

The men's convictions were overturned in March but they were quickly re-arrested on the orders of the government. The Lahore High Court then freed them again earlier this month.

The rape of Mukhtaran Mai and the subsequent acquittal of five of the six men convicted of attacking her provoked an international outcry and focused attention on the plight of women in rural Pakistan.

Mai is appealing in the Supreme Court against the acquittal of the men by a provincial court in March.

The three-judge Supreme Court bench on Tuesday suspended the ruling of the provincial high court overturning the convictions and ordered the arrest of all of the accused.

Mai, 33, was gang-raped on the orders of the traditional village council after her brother -- who was 12 at the time -- was judged to have offended the honor of a powerful clan by befriending a woman from the tribe.

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