Five Pakistan Navy officers sentence to death

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Islamabad: Five officers of the Pakistan Navy have been sentenced to death by a Pakistan Navy Court for planning to hijack a warship and attack one of the US Navy’s refuel ships in 2014.

Sub-Lieutenant Hammad Ahmed and four other naval officers have been sentenced after being convicted by a Navy tribunal for their involvement in the September 6, 2014 attack on Karachi Naval Dockyard.

"The five were charged with having links with the militant Islamic State group, mutiny, hatching a conspiracy and carrying weapons in the dockyard," told Hammad's father Retired Major Saeed Ahmed.

They were charged with having links with the Islamic State group, mutiny, hatching a conspiracy and carrying weapons to the Karachi dockyard, Saeed said.

Saeed claimed that the naval authorities did not provide his son the right to a fair trial.
"I wrote a letter to the judge advocate general (JAG) of the navy on August 15, 2015, asking him to provide the opportunity of a defence counsel to my son," Saeed said. "The navy JAG on September 21 replied that the option of defence council would be available at the time of trail.”

Saeed was waiting for the commencement of the trial but was recently informed that his son was shifted to the Karachi Central Prison.

"My son told me that a naval court had awarded death penalty to them after a secret trial," Saeed claimed.

He claimed that the five were made scapegoats as this was not the first time when such security lapses came to light.

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