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Saturday Oct 12 2019
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Man sentenced to eight years for sharing compromising pictures of ex-fiancée online

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ISLAMABAD: A cyber-crime court on Friday handed an eight-year sentence to a man for posting his ex-fiancée's compromising photos on social media, and directed him to pay Rs500,000 in damages.

During the hearing presided by Judge Tahir Mahmood Khan in a cyber crime court in Islamabad, the statements of the victim, investigative officer, and the Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) forensic experts, as well as other witnesses were recorded.

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The case had been filed by the woman in the FIA's cyber-crime wing.

During the hearing, the woman told the court that she had been engaged to the suspect — identified as Sajjad — two years ago but the engagement broke off after her family learnt about his criminal history. Sajjad, in anger, forced her to come to his house where he took compromising pictures and blackmailed her.

The suspect threatened to kill her, upload her nude pictures on social media, and make them viral on the Internet.

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Later, when the woman was married to another man, Sajjad uploaded the same pictures on Facebook and shared them with her new husband as well as her relatives, causing her marriage to end.

Judge Tahir Mahmood Khan, therefore, handed Sajjad an eight-year jail sentence and directed him to pay Rs500,000 in damages, in accordance with Pakistan's Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016.

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