Islamabad: Human Smugglers flee after out on bail
Islamabad: According to the Dawn News, two Azeris, Zarifa Babayeva and her brother Mirdamad Babayev, involved in human smuggling and wanted by Interpol and Azerbaijan, have successfully escaped. Having obtained bail from the court of Civil Judge Rai Liaquat Ali Kharal on October 18 after offering surety bonds of Rs50,000, they have disappeared. They had been arrested a few days earlier along with four sex workers.
During the bail petition in the court, two lawyers one on the behalf of police and one, Sabia Ikram, on the behalf of the Azerbaijan Embassy in Islamabad appeared before the court, requesting that bail be denied as the accused were wanted by Interpol and Azerbaijan. The relevant documents, including the red-warrant issued by the Interpol on the request of Azerbaijan on February 16, 2010 and the warrants issued by the district court in Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, were submitted in the court.
However, the court granted them bail. Dawn has learnt that the police were mentally prepared that if bail was granted they would arrest the accused on the basis of the red warrant. “But the bail was granted in such a manner that the police were caught unawares,” says a source. Police and FIA officers say that foreigners, accused of criminal activity, cannot be released on bail. They can either be sentenced or deported.
The complete article can be found at Dawn News.