UK agrees to cooperate, hand over evidence to Pakistan in Imran Farooq murder case
On Tuesday, the United Kingdom (UK) has agreed to hand over the evidence of the Imran Farooq murder case to Pakistan.
Toby Cadman, Pakistan government’s lawyer, told Dawn that the documents relating to the case have been submitted in IHC (Islamabad High Court). The documents are an index of evidence and a letter from the government of UK, agreeing to share all the originals. He also confirmed that a request had been made for MLA (mutual legal assistance) to transmit evidence relating the inquiry of Imran Farooq’s, Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader, murder.
Further on, Cadman revealed that he is in Pakistan at the moment to deliver the acceptance letter, evidence list and also, to attend a hearing regarding the case.
A trial court’s verdict was overturned by a two-member bench, comprising of IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Mian Gul Hasan Aurangzeb, they allowed the FIA (Federal Investigation Agency) time to collect more evidence. The court ordered the trial to be completed in a span of two months after evidence is submitted.
Today, during the session of the court’s hearing, the letter of acceptance was submitted.
The MQM leader, Dr. Farooq was killed in London outside his home in 2010. In the month of June, Khawaja Imtiaz, FIA special prosecutor, told an anti-terrorism court ATC that the UK was in full agreement to share evidence in the murder case. In the provided murder case, the accused was not given the death penalty in case of conviction.
Khawaja Imtiaz told ATC that the UK Central Authority stated that the European Laws didn’t allow sharing of evidence with a country where the murder was punishable by death. Due to this, the UK government had to ask Pakistan to not give death sentence on grounds of the provided evidence.
The special prosecutor, Mr. Khawaja stated that the government of Pakistan told the authorities of UK that this matter was under consideration. For this particular case, however, the law may be amended or a death sentence may be turned into life imprisonment. He also said that the top law office would have the final say.
ATC was asked by Islamabad High Court to deliver a verdict by October 2018. FIA, however, sought time to provide evidence, which they were expecting from the UK under MLA’s request. At first, no response came to Pakistan’s request for MLA.
Two suspects, Khalid Shamim, and Syed Mohsin Ali have tapped their confessions, saying that Dr. Farooq was murdered because he was a threat to MQM’s leadership. However, they backtracked from their confession, saying that the recorded the previous statements under duress.
Another suspect in the case Moazzam Ali is yet to record his confession.