The Business Report
LONDON: Scotland Yard on Wednesday released Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain after he was granted bail in the hate speech case against him.
Crown Prosecution Service, the principal public prosecuting agency for conducting criminal prosecutions in England and Wales, said that there is insufficient evidence against Altaf. Earlier, Toby Cadman, the lawyer who is representing Pakistan in Altaf’s case, on Wednesday said that according to the material he has seen, sufficient evidence is present to charge the MQM founder. Cadman, a UK-based lawyer, was hired by the Pakistani government to represent it in the cases against MQM. “I have reviewed all the evidence from Pakistani authorities and I can say that it presents a compelling case. It is my assessment that there is sufficient evidence to charge Altaf Hussain on a number charges,” Cadman told a private media outlet.
Cadman dubbed Hussain’s arrest as “an important step”, while adding that “ordinarily a decision is made 24 hours after the arrest and then we would expect him to be produced before a magistrate and then formal proceedings to start from thereon”. Earlier, Scotland Yard requested additional 12-hour detention period of Altaf Hussain, who was arrested a day earlier from his north London abode.
Hussain was detained at the Southwark Police Station, where the superintendent submitted the request for additional detention period after the expiry of earlier 24-hour warrant.
Reportedly, the MQM founder had declined to cooperate with the officials of Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism Command Unit and said that he would not answer any question asked during the interrogation.