Peshawar: Arrest warrants of US national issued
PESHAWAR, May 18: A local court on Wednesday issued non-bailable arrest warrants of a US national, Aaron Mark DeHaven, who had left the country on the orders of the federal government.
The court of judicial magistrate, Qudratullah Marwat, fixed June 6 for next hearing with the direction to the local police to produce the accused facing trial for illegal stay.
The accused left Pakistan on May 14 as the federal government had not extended his work visa and the interior decision had issued him directives to leave the country before May 18.
During previous hearing the defence counsel, Sardar Ali Raza, had filed application for exemption of the accused from personal appearance, but the court had turned down that request.
When the court took up for hearing the case, the counsel informed the judge that the accused had left the country in accordance with the directives of the government. He added that the prosecution may be inquired whether they were still interested in the case, as the accused was no longer in the country.
The court directed to produce the relevant notification of the interior division through which the accused was asked to leave the country. Later, the court issued non-bailable warrant of arrest of the defendants due to his non-appearance.
The accused was arrested by the law enforcing agencies on Feb 25 outside his residence on the University Road. An FIR was registered against him under section 14 of Foreigners Act at University Town police station.
He was released on bail in March last by court of additional district and sessions judge on condition of furnishing cash guarantee of Rs2 million. His passport was also returned to him after he deposited cash security of Rs500,000.