Karachi: 350 robbery accused freed on bail
KARACHI: All the 350 suspects booked and arrested on charges of robbery and armed dacoity during the year’s first three quarters were released on bail despite the fact that most of them had been identified by complainants, Dawn has learnt.
While police officials and legal experts agreed that weaknesses existed in the conventional judicial system, which relies on investigation and prosecution to convict any accused, a recently compiled data of the robbery cases showed that the victims’ hope to obtain justice faded with the early release of the suspects on bail.
“A total of 350 suspects were arrested under Sections 392 and 395 of the Pakistan Penal Code and produced in courts from January to September,” said a police official citing the recently-compiled data. He added that all of them were released on bail during trials.
He said that 11 per cent suspects were remanded to bail within a week of trial, while 75pc managed to win bails within two months.