The Pakistani court sentenced 10 men to life for attacking teenage education activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai in the year 2012 while she was returning from school.
Officials said the attackers belonged to the Pakistani Taliban. Ataullah Khan, a 23-year-old militant who was identified during the attack, is not listed among the 10 men convicted.
“They have received life sentences for the Malala case, but there is further legal action ongoing against them too so their [prison] terms may be enhanced,” said a lawyer involved in the case.
The men convicted in the attempt to assassinate Malala have been sentenced to 25 years in prison, the term equal to life imprisonment in Pakistan. Lawyers and government officials refused to divulge further details about the sentence.
Yousafzai, a 17-year-old social activist, became known when she began running a girls’ education programme in her native Swat valley in 2007 and 2008. She was targeted by the Taliban group for running a campaign for women’s rights and education. They branded her a western supporter and an enemy of Islam.
When she was just 15, two gunmen shot her while she was boarding a school bus in the Swat valley. Two other girls were also wounded in the incident. Malala was flown to the U.K., where she now lives.
On Sept 2014, Pakistan’s military announced the arrest of the 10 alleged militants.
The media widely covered Yousafzai’s case. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with Indian Kailash Satyarthi for running a campaign for girls’ education.