London police charges Altaf Hussain in hate speech case

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LONDON: MQM founder Altaf Hussain was charged by Metropolitan Police on Thursday in terrorism offence for his August 2016 address.

Hussain has been charged under Section 1(2) of the Terrorism Act, 2006 which includes charges of encouraging terrorism. Hussain was arrested on June 11, 2019 on suspicion of intentionally encouraging or assisting offences contrry to Section 44 of the Serious Crime Act 2007.

Hussain was released a day later on bail the next day.

The MQM founder had lashed out at law enforcement agencies and rival political parties on August 22 in a public address. Following his incendiary speech, the offices of ARY News and Geo News were attacked. Hussain was also accused of chanting anti-Pakistan slogans.

A team of London police arrived in Islamabad in April to gather evidence and photographs of the people who were involved in the attack on the media houses. Sindh Police officers were asked to come to Islamabad and record their statements.
The Metropolitan Police had visited Islamabad in a bid to present the case to the Crown Prosecution Service to determine whether there was sufficient evidence to prosecute the MQM founder or not.