Family of dead Pakistani student pardons killers

AP News
Posted: Sep 09, 2013 8:57 AM

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A lawyer for relatives of a Pakistani student whose death sparked outrage against the abuse of power by the wealthy says his family has decided to pardon the men convicted in his killing.

Lawyer Mehmood Alam Rizvi said Monday that the family filed an affidavit with the court several days ago pardoning the men accused of killing their son, Shahzeb Khan.

The suspects come from two of the wealthiest families in Karachi.

They were convicted in June of killing the 20-year-old student after he argued with one of their servants.

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The killing led to an unusual social media campaign demanding the country's rich and powerful be held accountable for their acts.

The court must now decide whether to accept the pardon, but judges generally follow the decision of the family.