An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has sentenced a cyberstalker to 24 years in jail for blackmailing 200 lady doctors and nurses through their social media accounts - the maximum punishment awarded to a convict in the offence related to social media crimes in the country's history.PTI | Jan 10, 2019, 15:01 IST
Most of the victims were house officers and postgraduate trainees from King Edward Medical University, Fatima Jinnah Medical University and Children Hospital, Lahore.The convict introduced himself as an official of the "military intelligence (MI)" and extorted money from them by threatening them that he would upload their objectionable pictures on their Facebook accounts.
Dr Salman Kazmi, of YDA, said the convict also hacked the Whatsapp accounts of lady doctors and nurses, blackmailing them with objectionable video clips and photos and then extorting money from them.
He said the victims were reluctant to testify against the convict because of family reasons but the YDA persuaded them.
During the trial, 31 witnesses (lady doctors and nurses) recorded their statements as state counsel Abdul Rauf Wattoo presented arguments from the prosecution side.
The defendant's lawyer claimed that "a false case” had been registered against his client and pleaded before the court to issue orders for his acquittal.
After listening to final arguments from both sides, Judge Ahmad sentenced Wahab to a total of 24 years in prison.
The convict will serve his sentence in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail.