Altaf Hussain charged for encouraging terrorism in Pakistan in his 2016 speech

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  • This is for the third time that he has been questioned by the police within just a few months in relation to incitement speech inquiry.
  • The detectives from Met’s Counter Terrorism Command noted that they charged Husain with a terrorism offense in connection with his August 2016 speech.
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Scotland Yard has charged the MQM supremo and the founder Altaf Hussain in incitement speech inquiry. He’s been charged for internationally Encouraging or Assisting Offences in contradiction to Section 44 of the Serious Crime Act 2007.

He appeared before the authorities at Southwark Police Station in South London where the police would do the interrogation in relation to the incitement speech inquiry. The interrogation is continued with his August 2016 speech which he did from London.

This is for the third time that he has been questioned by the police within just a few months in relation to incitement speech inquiry. He will be produced before the Westminister Magistrate Court where the charges will be read out to him.

The detectives from Met’s Counter Terrorism Command in its statement noted that they charged Husain with a terrorism offense in connection with his August 2016 speech.

The statement, noted by The News, read: “Altaf Hussain (17.09.1953), of Abbey View, Mill Hill, NW7, was charged under section 1(2) of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2006 with encouraging terrorism, namely: On 22 August 2016 published a speech to crowds gathered in Karachi, Pakistan which were likely to be understood by some or all of the members of the public to whom they were published as a direct or indirect encouragement to them to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism and at the time he published them, intended them to be so encouraged, or was reckless as to whether they would be so encouraged.”

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He was first arrested on the suspicion of intentionally encouraging or assisting offenses in June this year.  An ‘International Letter of Request’ was also sent, confirmed by the Scotland Yard, by the Crown Prosecution Service to the Pakistani authorities seeking help in relation to the investigations of two speeches made by MQM leader and founder.

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