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Pakistani court convicts 6 for reporter killing

Sunday - 3/2/2014, 7:00am  ET

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- A Pakistani prosecutor says an anti-terrorism court has convicted six people on charges related to the killing of a local TV reporter, including two tried in absentia who were sentenced to death.

Abdul Maroof said Sunday that four more defendants in custody were given life in prison in the Saturday session in the southern town of Shikarpur and one was acquitted.

Geo reporter Wali Khan Babar was gunned down in 2011 in the southern port city of Karachi. Police arrested the five suspects last year.

Maroof said five people related to the investigation were killed and two prosecutors recused themselves from the case because of threats.

Pakistan has not carried out executions for years, although people are still sentenced to death.

Pakistan is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists.

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