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Videogate scandal: Court extends remand of Mian Tariq for three-days

Videogate scandal: Court extends remand of Mian Tariq for three-days

ISLAMABAD: A civil judge on Friday granted three-day physical remand of Mian Tariq Mahmood, the prime suspect in the videogate scandal involving accountability judge Arshad Malik, to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

Mahmood was arrested from Islamabad by the FIA on Wednesday and had been in custody since a civil judge approved his two-day physical remand, which expired on Friday.

As the hearing went underway, the agency informed the judge that the investigators had recovered a 4G device from Mahmood and also submitted its forensic report.

While, Mahmood, at this point, told the court that the device had not been recovered by the FIA but was submitted by him in good faith.

The FIA counsel then sought an extension in Mahmood’s physical remand for further investigation. To which, Mahmood’s lawyer opposed the demand and claimed that the investigation had been completed. “The FIA was still conducting raids at Mahmood’s residence in Multan,” he said.

Subsequently, the judge told FIA to refrain from inflicting torture upon the suspect and granted a three-day remand to the agency.

The FIA’s Cyber Crime Wing on Wednesday arrested Mian Tariq Mahmood who is accused in the video scandal surrounding former accountability judge Arshad Malik.

Tariq, who was arrested from Islamabad, was presented before a civil judge, who approved his two-day physical remand. The suspect was shifted to FIA custody after the remand was approved.