Pakistan: Senator Azam Swati released on bail in anti-establishment tweet case
A special court of Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Friday granted post-arrest bail to Senator Azam Swati, who was arrested in a case filed against him for an anti-establishment tweet. According to Dawn, Special Central Judge Raja Asif Mehmood granted bail to Swati against bonds of PKR 1 million. However, the court ordered him to hand over his passport.
On October 13, Senator Azam Swati was taken into custody for accusing the army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, of legitimizing corruption at the highest level in the country. Speaking to the media ahead of the hearing, Swati said Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and the FIA chief executive were his plaintiffs. He said he would take the DG to court and file a complaint against the cybercrime wing and its staff, Geo News reported.
“They registered an FIR against me and then handed me over to the agencies that abused me,” the PTI chief alleged. He said he was asked why he defended Senator Saifullah Sarwar Khan Nyazee, replying that he was Imran Khan’s right-hand man and an innocent man.
“I would still defend Senator Saifullah if he was an ordinary worker,” he added. When asked if he stood by his tweet, Swati said he would do anything for the “Haqiqi Azadi” and sacrifice everything, Geo News reported.
At the start of the hearing led by Duty Magistrate Shoaib Akhtar, the prosecution lawyer read Swati’s controversial tweet. Meanwhile, the prosecutor requested a 14-day extension of the arrested PTI leader’s pre-trial detention. He said Swati is a political figure who has hundreds of thousands of social media followers. Recovering Swati’s mobile phone is necessary, he claimed.
“Swati tweeted from his verified account and mentioned the army chief in the tweet,” he added while asking the court to give the investigator more time for questioning, he added. reported Geo News. The court later reserved the verdict and extended the PTI leader’s pre-trial detention for one day. (ANI)
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