Monday, May 29, 2023

Imran Riaz Khan exempt from prosecution under cybercrime laws

On Wednesday, a special judicial magistrate in Rawalpindi dismissed the allegations of cybercrime brought against journalist Imran Riaz Khan by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

On the orders of the judicial magistrate in Attock, Riaz was taken before the court of Rawalpindi’s special judicial magistrate.

The special magistrate made the observation that Imran Riaz Khan cannot be charged with a crime under the statute governing cybercrime. He made the observation that the charges that were brought under the PECA Ordinance are being dropped.

After some time had passed, the special judicial magistrate in Rawalpindi issued an order to have Imran Riaz transferred to Attock and brought tonight before the judicial magistrate there.

Imran Riaz Khan, a journalist, was turned over to the Rawalpindi police force earlier in the day by the court of district and judicial magistrate Attock.

The magistrate Yasir Tanvir stated that he is unable to hear the case since it is outside of his jurisdiction. As a result, the judge decided to reserve judgment. Following the magistrate’s ruling, the Attock police escorted the journalist to Rawalpindi before continuing their journey.

Earlier, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) finished hearing a petition seeking the recovery of journalist Imran Riaz Khan, who was arrested from the Islamabad toll plaza despite court orders against his arrest. The petition was filed after Imran Riaz Khan was taken into custody at the Islamabad toll plaza.

Riaz’s attorney informed the Chief Justice of the High Court of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) Athar Minallah that his client was detained within the city limits of Islamabad throughout the hearings regarding the contempt of court charge.

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The petitioner stated that the IG Punjab, IG Islamabad, and deputy commissioner Islamabad were in contempt of court, and he demanded that his client be released immediately.

The applicant was instructed by CJ IHC Athar Minallah to approach the Lahore High Court in order to obtain more clarification on the court’s jurisdiction. During the process of dismissing the plea, the judge stated that “it is now up to the Lahore High Court to decide whether or not the arrest was performed in a legitimate manner or not.”

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