LONDON, Oct 10 (WNP): Later in the day, Altaf was produced before District Judge Emma Arbuthnot, Chief Magistrate at Westminster Court, where he pleaded not guilty.
The judge granted him conditional bail after Altaf’s attorney pleaded before the court that her client is unwell.
According to the conditions, a night curfew has been imposed on him, which means he cannot leave his premises at night without informing the police.
He has also been restrained from making speeches to the media or using social media.
The MQM founder can also not apply for travel permit and his passport would remain in custody.
Night curfew as a condition is applied to serious offenders and those under investigation for serious offences.
Electronic tagging is also done to ensure compliance. The next hearing will be held at the Central Criminal Court on November 1.
According to sources, the Crown Prosecution Service is more than 90 per cent confident of him being convicted.
According to section 1(2) of the Terrorism Act 2006:
A person commits an offence if—
(a) he publishes a statement to which this section applies or causes another to publish such a statement; and
(b) at the time he publishes it or causes it to be published, he—
(i) intends members of the public to be directly or indirectly encouraged or otherwise induced by the statement to commit, prepare or instigate acts of terrorism or Convention offences; or
(ii) is reckless as to whether members of the public will be directly or indirectly encouraged or otherwise induced by the statement to commit, prepare or instigate such acts or offences.
Under section 1(7) of the same act, a person found guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable—
(a) on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding [15 years] or to a fine, or to both;
(b) on summary conviction in England and Wales, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum, or to both;
(c) on summary conviction in Scotland or Northern Ireland, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum, or to both.