Man acquitted in extortion case

KARACHI: Anti-Terrorism Court-I (ATC-I) on Tuesday acquitted a suspect, Mohammad Zahid, in extortion case due to lack of evidence.

ATC-I Judge pronounced the verdict after recording evidence of witnesses and hearing arguments from both sides.

However, during the testimony before the court the witness refused to identify the accused as extortionist and the court acquitted him.

According to the police, the accused had received Rs10000 as extortion money from Khairul Abrar, who was an owner of a medical store in Dalmia area and extended him threats of more amounts.

Suspect was arrested during taking extortion money within the remits of Azizabad police station on 23 November 2011.

A case FIR (577/2013) was lodged under Sections 385 (putting a person in fear of injury in order to commit extortion), 386 (extortion by putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt), 387 and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code read with Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act at the Azizabad police station.

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