Senator Azam Swati of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was released from jail after being held on charges related to tweets that were deemed offensive.
Although the Islamabad High Court (IHC) granted Swati bail the day before, the court’s written orders regarding his bail were not readily available. The bail application of the PTI leader was granted in exchange for Rs200,000 in surety bonds.
Today, attorneys for Swati appeared before Special Judge Central to submit a copy of the ruling and the receipt for the surety bonds. In the meanwhile, the court had already issued his release orders.
While the PTI leader’s office was declared a sub-jail, his lawyers were able to travel to the Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) Centre in Islamabad to meet with investigators. Swati was released by the authorities once they received the necessary paperwork in her case.
Since his second arrest on November 27 for making derogatory comments about senior military officials like former army chief General (ret.) Qamar Javed Bajwa, Swati has been incarcerated.
In the IHC case that was filed against him on November 26, Swati had argued for his release on bail. Trial court judge Azam Khan rejected the senator’s initial appeal on December 21, finding that he had twice committed the same crime.
The senator claimed in his application that he had never made any critical comments online about government agencies. He continued, saying that the investigation by the prosecution turned up nothing.
All of the evidence against Swati is documentary, according to his application, and he is 75 years old and has heart disease, so putting him in jail would be a sentence without conviction.