'Only two of ten' jailed over Malala shooting

Malala Yousafzai Credit: Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

In October 2012, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by Pakistani Taliban after advocating women's rights.

However, it has been alleged that only two of 10 men supposedly jailed for the attempted assassination of teenage activist Malala Yousafzai have actually been convicted during the secret trial.

The Mirror newspaper said eight men escaped justice following the court case, despite all 10 supposedly being given a 25-year sentence.

A senior security source in Pakistan accused officials of lying over the trialand convictions and claimed the eight were released "quietly, to avoid a media fuss".

The source told the newspaper: "The trial had absolutely no credibility asnobody was there to witness it but a public prosecutor, a judge, the army and the accused.

"This was a tactic to get the media pressure away from the Malala case because the whole world wanted convictions for the crime."

Pakistan's military arrested the men last year.

Public prosecutor Sayed Naeem said in April that each defendant got 25 years in jail.

He said: "It is life in prison for the 10 militants who were tried by ananti-terrorist court."

Malala was initially treated in Pakistan, but was later flown to a hospital in Britain, where she now lives with her family.

The 17-year-old won world acclaim for her campaign and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year.

A spokesman for Malala was unavailable for comment.