Rawalpindi: Court acquits former minister in immigration case
RAWALPINDI: The special judge central Wednesday acquitted former minister of state Mushtaq Victor in an immigration related fraud case due to insufficient evidence against him. SJC Shaukat Ali Sajid absolved the minister of charges in a case of sending people abroad allegedly on fake documents. The court after hearing arguments from both sides observed in its decision that there was not sufficient evidence against him whereas only the federal investigation agency (FIA) was a complainant against him in this case. FIA had registered a criminal case against Mushtaq Victor under sections 17, 18 and 22 of the immigration act and section 420, 468 and 471 of Pakistan Penal Code in February after a complaint was received from Norwegian embassy in August 2006 that the minister using his recommendation letters sent 18 men and three women to Europe and Canada showing them as his wives and children.
Mushtaq Victor in his acquittal application through Zulfiqar Abbas Naqvi advocate had maintained that no incriminating record had been submitted against him. The former minister said nobody had submitted any complaint against him alleging that he extorted money from anybody.
Mushataq was arrested on April 2008 and the court granted him bail in May. The FIA had submitted eight charge sheets against him after completing their investigations.