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Altaf Hussain Acquitted in ‘Incitement to Terrorism’ Case in London

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In London, Altaf Hussain was acquitted in a ‘encouraging terrorism’ case.

Altaf Hussain, the founder of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), was cleared by a jury in London on Tuesday of accusations of promoting terrorism in Karachi, according to local media.

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On August 22, 2016, the MQM founder was charged with two counts of promoting terrorism while giving two lectures over the phone from London.

With a majority decision – 10 out of 12 – the jury at the Kingston-upon-Thames crown court found Altaf Hussain not guilty of breaking the UK’s anti-terrorism legislation on August 22, 2016, when he delivered two speeches to his supporters in Karachi from London.

According to media sources, the jury withdrew for deliberations after the arguments in the case ended on Friday last week. The judge, Justice May, told the jury that they could come to the conclusion that Hussain didn’t have a response to the prosecution’s case, but they couldn’t convict him solely on the basis of his silence.

The prosecution has to show guilt, Justice May told the jurors. She also stated that the prosecution did not have to prove that acts of terrorism occurred, despite the fact that this was their position, and that the jury would have to decide what intent and reckless meant.

The prosecution claimed that Hussain did not “respond, apologise, explain” his innocence or provide answers to apparent questions during the trial. Hussain, on the other hand, did not have anything else to say, according to the defence attorney. Hussain’s apologies on Twitter following the remarks, according to the lawyer, also proved his contrition.

On August 22, 2016, the MQM founder, who is also wanted by in a number of charges, delivered a furious speech over the phone to a party gathering outside the Karachi Press Club, following which party members yelled anti-Pakistan slogans and vandalised.

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Hussain was previously year with terrorism by Scotland Yard. The remarks, it was claimed, fostered incitement to violence and chaos.

On June 11, 2019, Hussain was detained on suspicion of violating Section 44 of the Serious Crimes Act 2007. Later, he was released on bail.

For more over two decades, the MQM’s founder has lived in self-imposed exile in London. In the 1990s, he applied for asylum and later became a British citizen. Pakistani officials have frequently asked that he be prosecuted for inciting violence in the country.

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