Source: BBCNews / 1 October 2011
A Pakistani court has found guilty and sentenced to death the police bodyguard who killed Punjab Governor Salman Taseer in January.
Mumtaz Qadri had confessed to murder on the grounds that he objected to Mr Taseer’s calls to amend the country’s controversial blasphemy law.
Critics of the law say it can be used to persecute minority faiths and is sometimes exploited for grudges.
The assassination divided Pakistan, with many hailing Qadri as a hero.
Qadri was part of Mr Taseer’s protection team but opened fire on the governor as he was about to get into his car in the capital, Islamabad, on 4 January.
The trial was held at the high-security Adiyala prison in Rawalpindi and was closed to the media.
“The court announced the death sentence for him,” defence lawyer Shuja-ur-Rehman told AFP news agency.
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