Pak court chides police for sub-standard probe in terror cases

Last Updated: Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 22:54

Peshawar: An anti-terror court in northwest
Pakistan on Thursday chided police for the sub-standard probe
carried out in 80 per cent of terrorism-related offences which
eventually leads to acquittal of the accused and warned them
against putting up poorly investigated cases before it.

Judge Anwar Ali Khan of the anti-terrorism court at
Risalpur in Nowshera district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province
made the observation as he released an accused on bail due to
lack of evidence.
Police investigating incidents of terrorism are
responsible for the acquittal of 80 per cent of the accused
charged under anti-terrorism laws, the judge wrote in his
ruling.

The policemen give "no attention" to cases and the
accused get the benefit of this, the judge said.

In a majority of terrorism-related cases, even charges
cannot be framed against the accused due to poor investigation
and such cases became a burden for the court, he observed.

The court took strong notice of the poor investigation in
terrorism-related cases and issued directives for improving
the standard of probe.
The court`s ruling further said that if poorly
investigated cases are put up by the police before it in
future, it will take action under provisions of the
Anti-Terrorism Act of 1997.

In the case being heard by Judge Khan, a man named Ali
Rehman was arrested in Nowshera after police allegedly found
some explosive materials in his possession.

He was booked under anti-terrorism laws but had to be
released on bail after police failed to present any evidence
against him.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 22:54

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