The Lahore High Court (LHC) has released a man, arrested for selling child pornography to an international child pornography ring, on bail.
According to reports, a judicial magistrate on April 26, 2018, had awarded seven-years imprisonment to Saadat Amin of Sargodha under Section 22 of Prevention of Electronic Crime Act 2016 and imposed a fine of Rs1.2 million on him.
Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) cybercrime cell had arrested Amin on the complaint of the Norwegian embassy during 2017.
Saadat was an active member of an international group, operating online from Pakistan. He used to engage children between the age of 10-12 years and transmit their pornographic pictures/videos outside the country for monetary benefits. 650,000 pictures and video related to child pornography were reportedly recovered from the convict’s possession.
In an appeal before the high court, the Sadaat’s lawyer 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. Besides, the appellant had been languishing behind the bars since his arrest in 2017, while his main appeal against the sentence had not been decided by the high court.
He asked the court to suspend the sentence and release the appellant on bail as he was ready to furnish surety bonds. Justice Farooq Haider suspended the sentence and released the convict on bail against bonds of Rs200,000.