UK prosecution rejects Altaf Hussain’s excuse of being unfit to stand trial for terrorism


Altaf Hussain, head of MQM-London – Twitter
  • Altaf has claimed he suffered from several physical and mental illnesses to be tried in January 2022 in Kingston Crown Court in the UK for allegedly using hate speech.
  • Altaf Hussain wrote to the CPS that he recently suffered from COVID-19 and went through an extremely difficult health situation.
  • The MQM chief had spent nearly a month at Barnet Hospital from mid-December last year to January 12, 2021.

LONDON: The request of the founder of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Altaf Hussain, declaring that he is “physically and mentally unfit to stand trial for terrorism in January 2022” has been rejected by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

A month ago, the MQM chief asked the CPS to completely cancel the upcoming terrorism trial, claiming he suffered from several physical and mental illnesses to be tried in January 2022 by the UK’s Kingston Crown Court. for allegedly using hate speech and promoting an act of terrorism in Pakistan in August 2016.

The speech prompted MQM workers to do justice and split the MQM into two parts known as MQM-Pakistan and MQM-London.

Altaf Hussain wrote to the CPS that he had recently suffered from COVID-19 and had gone through an extremely difficult health situation which affected his health and general state of mind, therefore, the trial should be canceled and the case closed.

Altaf Hussain’s legal team, in support of their demand for a total drop in the terrorism case, produced several medical reports showing Hussain gravely ill and mentally and physically unable to cope with the harshness and the requirements of a trial.

While rejecting his candidacy, the PSC informed Altaf Hussain that he did not believe he was unfit and unable to stand trial. The PSC has confirmed that the terrorism trial will go ahead as scheduled for January 31, 2022 and will last approximately three weeks.

The CPS gave no reason why it did not believe Altaf Hussain’s version, but it is understood that prosecutors regularly monitor and review Hussain’s political activities and they may have seen Hussain interacting with him regularly. his supporters and no longer uses the inflammatory language he used frequently some time ago.

The MQM leader had spent nearly a month in Barnet Hospital from mid-December last year to January 12, 2021, after being transported in an ambulance for suffering “severe” symptoms of COVID-19 .

Altaf Hussain was indicted under section 1 (2) of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2006 for promoting terrorism, according to the Metropolitan Police, for inciting acts of terrorism in Karachi in his speech to August 2016.

The charge as declared by British police is that Hussain “issued a speech on August 22, 2016 to crowds gathered in Karachi, Pakistan, which was likely to be understood by some or all of the members of the military. public to whom they were published as a direct or indirect encouragement to the commission, preparation or incitement of acts of terrorism and at the time he published them, intended to encourage them so, or was reckless as to whether they would be so encouraged.

Met police said: “Hussain was previously arrested on June 11 on suspicion of intentionally promoting or aiding offenses contrary to Section 44 of the Serious Crimes Act 2007. He was released on bail and charged as above.


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