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Zahir Jaffer thrown out of court for misbehaving with judge

03 Nov, 2021
Policemen carry murder accused Zahir Jaffer out of Islamabad court. Photo: Screengrab
Policemen carry murder accused Zahir Jaffer out of Islamabad court. Photo: Screengrab

Zahir Jaffer, the primary suspect in the Noor Mukadam murder case, was forcefully removed from a sessions court in Islamabad by police on Wednesday after he disrupted proceedings and hurled obscenities at the judge.

During the hearing, which was presided over by Additional Sesssions Judge Ata Rabbani, Zahir started calling out the name Hamza out loud while also hurling obscenities at no one in particular.

He also lashed out at the court and hurled obscenities at the judge. "This court is nothing but dirt. This court is dragging this because they have no power. I have never seen something more fake," he said, while also calling his trial a puppet show.

"I have never seen more incompetent people in a room in my entire life," he continued.

Upon this, the judge instructed the police to remove Zahir from the courtroom and take him to the temporary holding area.

Zahir refused to leave the courtroom, including manhandling policemen, who then had to use force to remove him from the courtroom.

Video clips of the incident showed policemen dragging Zahir out of the courtroom. After he kept on resisting, four policemen carried Zahir out and took him back to the lockup.

While the judge decided against issuing a contempt notice to the accused, he said that he would start conducting the trial in jail.

During today's hearing, all suspects in the case — Zahir, his parents, Zakir Jaffer and Asmat Adamjee, their three household staff, Iftikhar, Jan Muhammad and Jameel, and six Therapy Works employees, identified as Tahir Zahoor, Amjad, Dilip Kumar, Abdul Haq, Wamiq and Samar Abbas — were presented in the court.

Three prosecution witnesses were cross-examined by the accused's lawyers in today's hearing which included map-maker Amir Shehzad, ASI Muhammad Riaz and Head Constable Firasat Fahim.

The court summoned medico-legal officer Dr Jahanzaib — who conducted the autopsy on Noor's body — crime scene in-charge Imran and two witnesses for the defence — Sikandar Hayat and Sikandar Ali — in the next hearing on Nov 10.