Peshawar: Filipino woman hostage case
PESHAWAR: A local court on Wednesday rejected bail application of a doctor arrested for keeping a Filipino woman and her two children hostage for almost three years.
Judicial Magistrate, Danish Afridi, after hearing the petitioner’s lawyer and the public prosecutor dismissed the bail application of Dr Zahid. The public prosecutor Saeed Khan requested the judge to dismiss the bail application of the accused doctor as he had committed a heinous crime by keeping the foreign woman hostage for three years.
The local court had already sent the accused to the Central Prison, Peshawar, on judicial remand. The police on December 28, 2011 raided a house in Gulberg and recovered a Filipino woman, Meri Gracy, along with her three-year-old daughter, Sofia, and 10-month-old son.
According to the first information report, the accused had kidnapped the foreign woman and one of her children three years ago. The police charged the accused under Sections 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person) and 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
It said that the woman’s husband was in prison for the past three years. The woman told the police that she was held hostage by Dr Zahid, who is the father of one of her children, and she had been staying at his house since 2008.