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Eye for an eye (and then some)

Mar. 16, 2000

A judge in Pakistan has decreed that Javed Iqbal, who with his three child accomplices was found guilty of murdering and mutilating 100 children, deserves pretty much the same treatment as his victims. Iqbald was sentenced to be strangled, cut into pieces and thrust into a vat of acid in a public square.

Despite a public confession and taunting letters he wrote to police, Iqbal pleaded not guilty to the worst serial killings in Pakistan’s history. The Reuters report in South Africa’s INDEPENDENT ONLINE mentions no demonstrations by death penalty opponents or queasy civil libertarians over the brutal reciprocal sentence. Then again, it’s hard to work up much sympathy for someone who boasted, “I have no regrets. I killed 100 children, I could have killed 500.”

Read the INDEPENDENT ONLINE story here.

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