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Pakistani blogger Ahmad Waqass Goraya’s murder conspiracy trial closed, jury to deliberate on evidence

January 28, 2022 2:45 a.m. STI

London [UK], Jan 28 (ANI): The trial of 31-year-old British-Pakistani man Muhammad Gohir Khan, accused of plotting to kill Dutch-based blogger and activist Ahmad Waqass Goraya, ended on Wednesday in Kingston-upon. -Thames Crown Court when both parties have concluded their arguments.
The jury will now deliberate on the evidence presented and return a majority verdict.
The prosecution argued that Khan was hired by people who appeared to be based in Pakistan to carry out the “intentional killing” of Goraya.
The financial rewards for his actions were seen as significant, with a payout of £100,000 on offer. At the time, according to the prosecution, the defendant was heavily in debt, with no clear way to pay his creditors.
According to Dawn, the jury heard the defense attorney make a closing statement in which the prosecution’s allegations against the defendant Khan were dismissed.
Lawyer Maloney says defendant never intended to kill blogger Goraya as his intention was to get money from Pakistan-based middleman Muzamil who was seeking to hire him for once, as reimbursement for the financial damage suffered by the accused a few years ago. Dawn has brought.
He further reported that to bolster his claim, the defense attorney stated that Khan never deleted the messages from his devices and that although he persisted in traveling to Rotterdam where the target lived , he was also “consistently reckless about arrest”.
Maloney said there were “real problems with the knife theory”.
The prosecution a day earlier in its closing statement said the $10.99 knife was allegedly purchased by his client as a murder weapon, and that he paid for it in cash and kept a receipt to be reimbursed by the intermediary. The prosecution had alleged that Khan chose this specific knife, and not a cheaper knife, to use in the murder so he could conceal the murder weapon, the Pakistani publication reported.

The defending party, however, argued that it was a paring knife and “not a carving or chopping knife”. The solicitor said: “This is not a knife that we believe would be suitable for this purpose [to murder]“, reported Dawn.
According to the Pakistani publication, Maloney explained that if his client wanted to buy a knife to kill someone, he would have paid 2 euros more and bought a knife for 12.99 euros, alongside the one he had actually bought. He then disputed the prosecution’s argument that Khan paid for the knife in cash and did not want to be found, saying he made other cash payments and even kept the receipt for the knife with him. .
“If the purpose of the money was to conceal the purchase of a knife, why the hell would he bring the receipt back with him to St Pancras?” he argued.
The lawyer said the distinctive red car his client had rented with his own documents also demonstrated that he had no intention of killing blogger Goraya. “Do you think he would kill him in broad daylight?” he begged the members of the jury, Dawn reported.
Maloney said Khan sat in that distinctive car registered to his name for hours, which would surely have exposed him as he used it to go to shops and ask people about Goraya.
The defense lawyer said the reality was that Khan persisted in his attempts to extract money because he “never thought he wouldn’t get it”. Although Muzamil said he would not pay more than the money, the accused did not accept it and kept trying to get out a few thousand pounds. “If he was going to go after the murder and get £80,000, why would he try so hard to get a few thousand?”
In previous hearings, the jury heard how Muzamil allegedly contacted Khan in 2021 with an offer to pay £80,000 for the work, while telling him about his own £20,000 commission.
Pakistani blogger Ahmad Waqass Goraya fled his native country after being threatened, kidnapped and tortured by the authorities.
According to the blogger, the arrest of the British-Pakistani man was linked to an incident that took place on February 12, 2021.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s deafening silence on revelations made in the UK court in the Khan case has raised serious questions about the country’s stance on human rights and freedom of expression. (ANI)