Usman Mirza and others to be indicted today

Sept 28, 2021: Usman Mirza along with five other suspects to be formally charged by court in couple torture, harassment case .

The Islamabad Sessions Court on Tuesday will formally charge Usman Mirza and other accused involved in harassing, torturing and blackmailing a boy and a girl in Sector E-11.

The five accused, Usman Mirza, Hafiz Ata-ur-Rehman, Idrees Qayyum Butt, Farhan Shaheen and Mohib Bangash will be produced in the court of Additional Sessions Judge Ata Rabbani from Adiala Jail.

Notices have also been issued to Omar Bilal Marwat and Rehan, who are out on bail, to appear in court on Tuesday. The three wanted accused Ali Mirza, Zerosh Amir Siddiqui and Fahimullah are still at large.

Hassan Javed Surash will represent the affected couple while Javed Iqbal will represent the accused.

Earlier, the court had distributed copies of the complete police challan to the accused at the last hearing.

On the other hand, the Islamabad High Court has sought arguments from other lawyers after completing the arguments of one lawyer on the bail application of three accused in the same case.

Hafiz Ata-ur-Rehman, Farhan Shaheen and Idrees Qayyum Butt have applied for bail. Ata-ur-Rehman’s lawyer has completed his arguments while the court has directed the lawyers of the other two accused to present their arguments.

The bail application will also be heard today.

According to the police charge sheet filed in the court, Usman Mirza is the main culprit in the case who recorded inappropriate videos of the couple, stripped them naked, tortured them and held them hostage for hours. According to the police charge sheet, the main accused threatened the couple and forced them to have sex in front of them.

The charge sheet said the accused made videos of the victims, blackmailed them and extorted money from them.

The challan said police recovered a mobile phone used to make the objectionable video and a pistol used by the main suspect to intimidate the victims. According to the charge sheet, co-accused Omar Bilal told investigators that he extorted Rs 1.25 million from the couple at the behest of Usman Mirza and received the extortion, giving Usman Mirza Rs 0.6million.

The victim’s statements recorded before the magistrate have also been made part of the challan.

The charge sheet includes a statement from Usman Mirza, who said he filmed the couple’s video on November 18, 2020.

The police charge sheet said that the FIR in the case was registered at Golra police station on July 6 after the video went viral.

The case against the suspects was registered under section 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 354A (assault or use of criminal force to the woman and stripping her of her clothes), 506 (ii) (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

In addition, the accused verbally and physically abused the couple. The FIR in the case was registered on July 6, after which some suspects were traced and arrested. The FIR states that the incident took place in an apartment building in Sector E-11/2.

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