Controversial tweets case: Swati's remand extended for a day

FIA officials had sought eight-day extension in PTI leader Azam Khan Swati's physical remand to recover Twitter account password

October 15, 2022
Former federal minister Azam Swati. —Screengrab/File

An Islamabad district and sessions court on Saturday granted one-day extension in PTI leader Azam Khan Swati's physical remand in the "controversial tweets" case against him.

A district and sessions court had sent Swati into police custody on a two-day physical remand following his arrest over his alleged "controversial" tweets.

The FIA took Swati into custody from his home in Islamabad on Thursday, and presented him before senior civil judge Shabbir Bhatti's court in the federal capital.

The agency's cybercrime wing registered a case against Swati later over the "controversial" tweets.

Today's hearing

PTI leader and former federal minister Swati was presented in court earlier in the day after completion of his physical remand with several hours of delay.

Swati was supposed to be presented before Judicial Magistrate Muhammad Shabbir's court after the completion of his two-day physical remand this morning. However, he wasn't presented till the afternoon.

During the hearing, the FIA officials requested the court to grant an eight-day extension in Swati's physical remand. Theysubmitted the case file to the judge upon his inquiry.

The prosecution also presented the record of Swati's "controversial tweets" in the court.

The special prosecutor maintained that they will also present anything in Swati's favour that surfaces in the records.

Special prosecutor Abbasi contended that the "controversial" tweet was posted from the verified account of Swati. He claimed that the tweet contained "extremely derogatory" words.

"The said tweet is not the only tweet as Azam Swati has posted such tweets earlier as well," he said, adding that the FIA have records of the planned tweets from Swati's official account.

The prosecutor requested for an extension in Swati's physical remand saying that the FIA has to recover the Twitter account's password. He also informed the court that Swati wasn't cooperating in the interrogation.

After the completion of Abbasi's arguments, Awan maintained that the defence admits that Swati tweeted but there is legal cover.

"I have told Azam Swati to not say anything now," he said.

"If you want to check anything, check his [Swati's] wounds," said Awan while referring to the alleged physical torture on the PTI leader during custody.

Earlier, Swati's counsel Babar Awan complained that he has been waiting since 8am in the morning, but FIA hasn't presented the PTI leader in court yet.

The FIA officials informed the court that Swati was undergoing a medical examination and would be presented in court after it.

At the outset of the hearing this morning, Awan maintained that Swati had to be presented in court today as his physical remand has completed. He said that the court had ordered a medical examination of Swati at the last hearing.

At this, the court remarked that the security personnel hasn't arrived yet.

"They might have taken the suspect to the hospital," the judge observed.

The judge told Awan to sit in his chamber or leave any associate lawyer in court and that they would be informed when Swati arrives.

Awan maintained that he will inform the court about the sections applied in the case against Swati.