Journalist Imran Riaz Acquitted in 'Hate Speech' Case - Capital TV

May 29, 2023


Journalist Imran Riaz Acquitted in ‘Hate Speech’ Case

Anum Razzaque

LAHORE: The court has acquitted journalist Imran Riaz Khan of the case of “Hate Speeches.” He was arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Tuesday.

The case of Imran Riaz Khan was heard in the court of Ghulam Murtaza in the district court of Kachary, who announced the reserved verdict.

Earlier, the FIA had requested the local court in Lahore to grant a 14-day physical remand for senior journalist Imran Khan, who was arrested on charges of making hate speeches.

Senior journalist Imran Riaz Khan was presented before the district Kachary court in Lahore.

The counsel for a senior journalist stated that the FIA did not provide any reasons for the arrest in its petition.

Additionally, the counsel noted that the FIA used the term ‘regional jurisdiction’ instead of ‘legal jurisdiction’ in their statement, which is questionable.

He added, ‘When no offense is found, the accused is discharged from the case. There were already 12 cases of the same nature registered against journalist.

However, the lawyer requested the court to dismiss the case.

Case Against Imran Riaz Khan

The senior journalist was arrested late on Tuesday night at Lahore airport.

The FIR stated that the senior was involved in making hate speeches within the jurisdiction of the Cybercrime Cell, a wing of the FIA.

The FIR also noted that the speeches were shared on both local and international platforms through social media.

Additionally, the FIR registered against Imran Riaz Khan also mentions charges under sections 11 (Electronic forgery), 20 (Malicious code), and 24 (Legal recognition of offenses committed about information systems) of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes (PECA) Act.

However, sections 109 (Abetted act), 131 (Attempting to seduce a soldier, sailor or airman from his duty), 500 (Defamation), and 505 (statement conducing to public mischief) of the Pakistan penal code (PPC) are including in the FIR.

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