Islamabad: A judge told evil child killer Javed Iqbal that he would be strangled then 'cut into 100 pieces and put in acid' in front of his victims' parents. Iqbal had confessed to the rape and murder of 100 boys and his method involved dismembering then dissolving their corpses in acid.
The judge in Pakistan, where Iqbal is from, thought that he deserved to meet an end every bit as grisly. According to a report, the judge said: "You will be strangled to death in front of the parents whose children you killed, your body will then be cut into 100 pieces and put in acid, the same way you killed the children."
To this day, it remains to be one of the most gruesome death sentences ever handed out - but it never happened. The Pakistani government blocked the method of execution on human rights grounds and Iqbal killed himself in prison while he was waiting to face justice for the frenzied six month killing spree in the 1990s.
Iqbal, who was born in Lahore in 1956, spent decades grooming young runaways, orphans and beggars, coaxing them into his depraved world with promises of riches and giving them special treatment in his video arcades and luxurious homes. But in December 1999 he admitted to murdering 100 boys during the previous six months, writing to a newspaper and police to reveal to heinous - and previously unnoticed - crimes.
Although he later denied all of this, Iqbal had kept detailed records of his victims, including their names, ages, and photographs. Children’s clothing was found at his home along with other sickening proof that he wasn’t lying. Iqbal told The News newspaper in Lahore shortly before he was arrested that he had no remorse.
He said: "I have no regrets. I killed 100 children. I was denied justice. I could have killed 500; this was not a problem. Money was not a problem. But the pledge I had taken was of 100 children, and I never wanted to violate this." He claimed his motive was revenge, telling how he was angry with police who he claimed had beaten him over allegations of sodomising children in the 1990s.
While he denied he was charged, these claims were contradicted by later newspaper investigations. He added: "I was so badly beaten that my head was crushed, my backbone broken and I was left crippled. I hate this world.