Pakistan jails ten men for attack on Malala

Pakistani court has announced jail sentences for ten people convicted of involvement in shooting of teenage activist Malala Yousafzai

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A Pakistani court jailed 10 men for 25 years each on Thursday for involvement in the 2012 shooting of teenage activist Malala Yousafzai.

Malala was shot in the head in a school bus because she advocated education for girls. Two other girls were wounded in the attack.

She was initially treated in Pakistan, but was later flown to a hospital in Britain, where she now lives with her family.

Malala, now 17, was jointly awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with Indian child-rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi. She is the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for attacking Malala in Swat, northwest of the capital, Islamabad.

"Judge Mohammad Amin Kundi in his verdict gave 25 years jail to all of these people," said a court official in Swat. The court named the convicted men as Bilal, Shaukat, Salman, Zafar Iqbal, Israr-ul-Rehman, Zafar Ali, Irfan, Izharullah, Adnan and Ikram. They were the first convictions for the attack.

It was announced as life sentences because life prison sentences in Pakistan are 25 years.

A security official said none of the men who carried out the attack on Malala was among the 10 men sentenced. Police believe the gunman who shot Malala escaped across the border into Afghanistan.

Last September, the Pakistani military said it had arrested the men, and that they had received their orders directly from Mullah Fazlullah, the chief of the Pakistani Taliban. It said that it had also recovered the weapons used in the attack from the now convicted men.

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