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Altaf Hussain released on bail in London

ISLAMABAD, June 12 (WNP): A day after his arrest, Altaf Hussain, founder of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) was released on bail on Wednesday in the hate speech case.

A 15-member team of Scotland Yard had taken him into custody in an early morning raid on Tuesday. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the current evidence was not enough to charge Hussain at this stage. However, the investigation against him will continue, as per media reports.

Earlier, Hussain had reportedly refused to answer questions of detectives from Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism Command Unit. At the Southwark Police Station, Hussain’s interview started at 10 pm on Tuesday night and continued for two hours till midnight on Tuesday. Hussain only confirmed his name, date of birth and his residential address. Onwards, he refused to answer questions of the police and decided to go for “no comment” option in response to all questions asked by the detectives, credible sources familiar with the development

Hussain who was arrested from his London residence, kept at the police station overnight. The founder of MQM, the ethnic political group in Sindh, was arrested in relation to hate speech in 2016 inciting people for violence and revolt against the Pakistan government.

According to Scotland Yard, he has been arrested on suspicion of intentionally encouraging or assisting offences contrary to Section 44 of the Serious Crime Act 2007.

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