Altaf Hussain on-going case on Incitement

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On 11th June 2019 founder of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Altaf Husain was arrested in London by the Scotland Yard. 

He was taken to a local police station and 15 police officers took part in a dawn raid at his North London home.

Case details 

In August 2016 the party split, MQM Pakistan & MQM London were two separate bodies. The case begins with Mr. Altaf Hussain inciting his followers in Pakistan to commit violence and partake in unlawful activity, whilst situated in London, the United Kingdom police were investigating that, arriving in Pakistan around a few months ago. The investigation was done generally exhaustive, interviews of all the witnesses were taken by the department. It was a long pending case that stretched out for more than 3 years. Pakistan’s government has in the past voiced its concern with the UK, that Altaf Hussain is effectively creating incitement in Pakistan through his addresses and his speeches that were full of hate, provoking Pakistani citizen’s through those hate speeches.

On several different occasions he has stated that the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is “a cancer for entire world” , “Pakistan is headache for the entire world” and “Pakistan is the epicenter of terrorism for the entire world” and 

After all the hate speech he further went and apologized for what he said. He apologised to the Army Chief and the Rangers 

“From the depth of heart, I beg pardon from my remarks against Pakistan, the establishment including Gen Raheel Sharif and DG Rangers,” he said in a statement shared on Twitter by MQM spokesperson Wasay Jalil.

“I was under severe mental stress over extra-judicial arrests and precarious condition of my workers sitting at the hunger strike camp.”

In this case after the final investigation the UK police came to a conclusion and arrested Altaf Hussain. A statement by London’s Metropolitan Police, which did not name the MQM leader Altaf Hussain. 

“The man, who is aged in his 60s, was arrested at an address in north west London. He was arrested on suspicion of intentionally encouraging or assisting offences contrary to Section 44 of the Serious Crime Act 2007.”

Section 44 ‘Intentionally encouraging or assisting an offence’:

(1) A person commits an offence if —  (a) he does an act capable of encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence; and – (b) he intends to encourage or assist its commission.

(2) But he is not to be taken to have intended to encourage or assist the commission of an offence merely because such encouragement or assistance was a foreseeable consequence of his act.

On 12th June 2019 MQM founder Altaf Hussain was released on bail.

After Altaf Hussain was taken into custody on Tuesday morning, he refused to answer any questions that were asked by the Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism Command Unit. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the current evidence was not enough to charge Hussain at this time.

On the other hand Mr Cadman, a UK-based lawyer, was hired by the Pakistani government to represent it in the cases against MQM. Mr Codman stated “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 of charges,” Cadman told a private media outlet.

 

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