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Lahore High Court Releases Child Pornography Racketeer On Bail

Child Pornography racketeer

Man involved in international child pornography racket released on bail

Man involved in an international nexus of child pornography was released on bail after the Lahore High Court suspended his jail sentence.

The convict named Saadat Amin was found guilty of belonging to a wider child pornography racket in April. A judicial magistrate had sentenced him to seven years in prison and a Rs. 1.2 million fine. It became the first-ever conviction in a child pornography case in Pakistan.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials had arrested Saadat Amin from Sargodha and found more than 650,000 child pornography videos in his possession.

According to Assistant Director Cyber Crime FIA Asif Iqbal, who led the investigation, the convict had confessed to being a part of a child pornography racket during interrogation.

The convict was arrested on the complaint of the Norwegian embassy in 2017, cyber cell revealed. The prosecution further said the convict was an active member of an international scam operating online from Pakistan which involved minor children aged 10 to 12 years.

He was also involved with international child pornographers namely Jan Lindstrom in Sweden, Giovani Betotti in Italy, Max Hunter in US, Andrew Moody, and Mukhtar in the UK. The agency produced eleven witnesses against the convict.

The racketeers used to transmit their pornographic pictures/videos outside the country against a hefty monetary benefit, Geo News reported.

In an appeal before the high court, the Amin’s counsel Rana Nadeem Ahmad argued that the investigation held by the agency was faulty as it failed to arrest or investigate the alleged foreign agent in Norway.

He said that the money received by the convict from abroad was not against child pornography.

After hearing the appellant’s counsel, Justice Farooq Haider suspended the sentence and released the convict on bail against two surety bonds of Rs200,000 each.

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