Pakistan Charges 7 in Videotaped Killing

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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A Pakistani court has charged six members of the paramilitary forces and a civilian with murder for the videotaped killing of an unarmed man earlier this month.

The charges Wednesday come three weeks after 22-year-old Sarfaraz Shah was killed in the southern city of Karachi.

The video shows a civilian dragging Shah over to a group of paramilitary soldiers, then Shah pleading for his life before being shot. He later died at a Karachi hospital.

All of the accused have denied the charges.

The paramilitary force says the man was armed and trying to rob someone when he was detained.

The video was originally aired uncut on Pakistani television. The brutal nature of the footage disturbed many in Pakistan and called into question the actions of authorities.