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Court grants Swati’s 14-day judicial remand

Azam Swati has been sent to jail on Thursday as part of a 14-day judicial remand in the case involving his controversial tweets that were directed at high military personnel.

Before the four-day physical remand was ended the Federal Investigation Agency (IFIA) submitted a request for a judicial remand in the court of Judicial Magistrate Mohammad Shabbir Bhatti.

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The judicial judge granted the FIA’s motion during the hearing today and ordered Swati to appear on December 15.

After the FIA’s Cyber Crime Wing in Islamabad conducted a raid at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Senator’s farmhouse in Chak Shahzad earlier this week for allegedly tweeting disparaging remarks Swati was hauled into jail for the second time.

He was brought before a judge, who allowed a two-day physical remand of him and turned him over to the FIA. His physical remand was prolonged by four more days after two days.

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The FIA Cyber Crime Wing had filed an FIR against Swati on November 26 in response to several controversial tweets he reportedly made against officials including the chief of the army staff.

According to the investigation, the PTI leader began a very offensive campaign of frightening tweets against government entities including the army chief with mala-fide intentions and ulterior motivations.

The PTI senator has been hauled into detention earlier as well due to his controversial tweets. On October 13 FIA’s cybercrime team arrested Swati for reportedly making controversial assertions against government institutions including the army chief.

A district and sessions court in Islamabad had granted Swati post-arrest bail in exchange for a surety bond of Rs1 million.


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