MQM founder Altaf Hussain’s bail extended in hate speech probe

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LONDON: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain’s bail was extended for the second time on Thursday in the hate speech investigation against him.

The British police had summoned the MQM founder for a further probe in the crowd incitement case to establish if he should be charged or bailed under Section 44 of the 2007 Criminal Evidence Act.

The MQM founder arrived at the Southwark police station at around 10 am local time with his British lawyer.

The British police said that the investigation is still in process. The duration of Altaf Hussain’s bail extension is for a month.

Speaking to reporters outside the police station, Hussain said: “I have trust in British law. I haven’t done anything wrong. I am not scared or afraid of anyone.”

He termed the cases as ‘fabricated’. “I am used to it,” he added.

Under strict bail conditions, Hussain is not allowed to address a crowd of people to avoid incitement and is bound to stay at the designated address under curfew conditions from evening to morning.

Hussain cannot travel out of the UK without police permission.

The MQM founder was arrested on June 11, 2019, during a dawn raid at his home and taken to a south London police station.