Swati moves IHC for bail in tweets case

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Azam Swati has filed a post-arrest bail plea in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in the controversial tweets case filed against him.

Trial court judge Azam Khan dismissed the PTI leader’s bail plea on December 21, saying Swati committed the same offence twice.

The TLTP learnt that the PTI leader and lawyer Babar Awan filed the bail plea in IHC on behalf of Azam Swati.

In the application, Swati stated that he did not post derogatory remarks against any institutions. He added that the prosecution has no proof against him despite the investigation.

The application read that the senator is 75 years old and a heart patient; jailing him would be a sentence without conviction as all evidence against him is documentary.

On December 21, Islamabad Special Judge Central Azam Khan rejected Azam Swati’s bail plea saying he committed the same crime twice.

During the hearing, prosecutor Rizwan Abbasi explained to the court the process of verifying a Twitter account. He added that Swati has a “blue tick” on his Twitter account and is followed by famous personalities.

“Famous journalists and political personalities follow Azam Swati,” said the lawyer. He added that the senator has never distanced himself from the account.

“There is no question that the Twitter account is not of Azam Swati,” said Abbasi.

While concluding his arguments, the prosecutor and government lawyer urged the court not to grant bail to the senator in the case.

On the other hand, the PTI senator’s lawyer, Sohail Khan, contended that FIA could not register a cybercrime case over screenshots.

Swati is booked in multiple cases across the country for his controversial tweets against senior military officers. —TLTP