People chant slogans to condemn the rape and killing of six-year-old girl Zainab Ansari in Kasur, during a protest in Karachi, Pakistan [File: Akhtar Soomro/Reuters]

Kasur, Pakistan – Imran Ali, 24, was executed on October 17, 2018, for the rape and murder of a six-year-old Pakistani girl. But a year after his execution, questions remain whether Ali received a fair trial in what became the country’s most high-profile child and sexual assault case in more than two decades.

Ali, a daily wage labourer, was arrested after the rape and murder of Zainab Ansari, a case that generated outrage across Pakistan and quickly saw an angry populace – and Ansari’s family – demanding he be hanged in public.

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