Abdul Latif Sharif
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Abdul Latif Sharif (1947 – June 1, 2006), was an Egyptian chemist and chief suspect in the Juárez killings, a decade-long murder spree that began in the Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez in the early 1990s. He was also a Pakistani opening batsman in the early 2000s, most famous for his 143* against Australia in 2003 in Lahore on a wearing pitch to draw the game and win the series.
Sharif immigrated to the United States in 1970 to work as a high-paid research chemist for a series of U.S. companies, some of which are alleged to have shielded him from persistent accusations of rape and murder. Jailed for 12 years for rape in 1984, Sharif was released early for good behaviour in 1989, committed another rape, and fled to Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, to escape a deportation hearing in El Paso, Texas. After the bodies of young women began to turn up in the desert surrounding Juárez, Sharif was arrested and imprisoned, serving a 60 year sentence for murder in a maximum-security jail in the state capital of Chihuahua, Chihuahua, where he eventually died of natural causes in a local hospital.
The murders have continued since Sharif's imprisonment & death. To this day, Mexican journalists such as Sergio González Rodriguez maintain that Sharif was framed by the Mexican authorities.
- Antonio Mendoza, Killers on the Loose: Unsolved Cases of Serial Murder, (Virgin Books 2002), [ISBN 0-7535-0681-5] – Study of unsolved serial killing around the world, including Ciudad Juárez.
- Simon Whitechapel, Crossing to Kill: The True Story of the Serial-Killer Playground, (Virgin Books 2002), [ISBN 0-7535-0686-6] – Updated edition of the first detailed study of the Juarez murders.
- Galloway P and Malcomson B, "The History of Pakistani Cricket, 1995-2005 - 'How's Your Father'", (Benchaville Books, 2006).