Accused in decide video case reaches London as case transferred to ATC in Pakistan
LONDON: Nasir Janjua, the central character in accountability court docket decide Arshad Malik’s video scandal, has reached London from Pakistan after the Federal Investigating Agency (FIA) began a contemporary probe into the scandal following the resignation of Bashir Memon and appointment of Wajid Zia as FIA chief final month.
Janjua reached London accompanied by one other member of the family, a dependable supply stated. Janjua, nonetheless, didn’t reply to questions by this correspondent. A supply near Janjua stated that he determined to depart Pakistan after the case was transferred to an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC).
“Nasir Janjua is innocent and has nothing to do with the video case of judge Arshad Malik. He was arrested and hounded without a case against him. After the case was transferred to ATC, it became apparent that he would be victimized more so he thought it best to leave Pakistan for now,” the supply stated, including that he can be returning to Pakistan at an applicable time.
“He is out of Pakistan only for a few weeks and would be returning soon,” the supply added. The supply additional stated that the Counter-Terrorism Wing (CTW) of FIA had filed an utility in search of the switch of the case to ATC for political causes and it was clear that the case was being dragged out to forestall the course of justice.
Judge Malik had convicted former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz supremo Nawaz Sharif within the Al-Azizia reference in 2017. PML-N leaders had launched a video on July 7, 2019, at a press convention, by which the previous accountability decide had confessed to having convicted Nawaz underneath duress.
In the video, allegedly made by British-Pakistani Nasir Butt, the previous accountability court docket decide had stated that he was “blackmailed and forced” to provide a verdict towards the previous premier. Initially, the cyber crime circle of the FIA probed the case and arrested three suspects recognized as Nasir Janjua, Khurram Yousaf and Mahar Ghulam Jilani.
The FIA had later absolved all of them after a preliminary investigation established that they’d nothing to do with the key video recording of Malik. The decide had lodged a grievance and the FIA had then transferred the investigation to the CTW which arrested two suspects, together with Hamza Butt, a nephew of Nasir Butt, who had accompanied his uncle to conferences with the decide.
In his affidavit, Judge Malik had denied the get together’s declare that he had been blackmailed by PML-N supporters by way of an “immoral video”. He additionally admitted to assembly with Nawaz on the Jati Umra residence and with Nawaz’s son, Hussain Nawaz, in Saudi Arabia. In London, Butt contacted an English forensic agency which confirmed that the video of the case was real and unique.
The forensic report has been verified and attested by United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office as real however the High Commission of Pakistan has refused to attest the report, saying that the Foreign Office in Islamabad has requested the diplomats to not attest the video.
Butt had alleged that the High Commission was underneath strain to not attest the forensic report. He had stated that he has a number of extra movies. After the video scandal broke out in Pakistan, Judge Malik accused Janjua of providing him a bribe to acquit Nawaz. Janjua had denied the allegation and said that the decide was making up allegations to cover his personal position.