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Imran Farooq murder case: British govt asked for video link testimonies

Imran Farooq murder case: British govt asked for video link testimonies
December 30, 2019
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has asked the British government for recording testimonies of the witnesses through video link in Dr Imran Farooq murder case. The FIA took the action to complete Imran Farooq murder case and they wrote a letter to the British government. In the letter, the FIA prosecution team has sought testimonies of the witnesses in the murder of senior MQM leader in London. “An anti-terrorism court (ATC) has approved a plea to record statements of more witnesses from United Kingdom (UK) through video link and directed for making arrangements at the Pakistani high commission in London,” the letter read. The FIA has sent a list of the witnesses to British authorities and asked about their availability for recording testimonies in the case. “The letter has been written to the UK Border Agency through the Foreign Office,” it added. However, the prosecution team of the FIA did not get any response from the British authorities over the matter. On October 11, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had submitted evidence – received from the UK regarding the murder case of former MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq – in Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC). During the hearing, the FIA prosecutor informed the court that 23 witnesses will record their statements in the case. “Three witnesses will appear before the court in person, while 20 others will record their testimony on video-link,” he added. The court ordered that three officers of Metropolitan Police London should record their statements on November 06 and adjourned hearing of the case for the date. Earlier, the UK Central Authority handed over the evidence of Dr Imran Farooq murder case to Pakistani authorities. Toby Cadman, who is assisting Islamabad in the case with the Home Office and Scotland Yard, has handed over the evidence to the investigation agencies, which will be produced in court on the next date. He said that Pakistan had made a request for mutual legal assistance (MLA) to transfer evidence relevant to the inquiry regarding the Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader’s murder. Dr Imran Farooq was stabbed and bludgeonefd to death near his apartment in London in September 16, 2010.