Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain was arrested by Scotland Yard in an early morning raid on Tuesday (June 11). Altaf Hussain was taken to a local police station. 15 officers took part in a dawn raid at his north London home.
According to reports, he was arrested for his hate speech which he delivered in Pakistan through telephone in 2016. Hussain had delivered a fiery speech on August 22, 2016, after which party workers vandalised a media office in Karachi and chanted anti-Pakistan slogans.
He was arrested on suspicion of intentionally encouraging or assisting offences contrary to Section 44 of the Serious Crime Act 2007,” said the statement from UK’s Metropolitan Police. “He was detained under PACE and taken to a south London police station, where he currently remains in police custody.”. “As part of the investigation, officers are carrying out a search at the north west London address. Detectives are also searching a separate commercial address in north west London,” added the police statement.
“The investigation, which is being led by officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, is focused on a speech broadcast in August 2016 by an individual associated with the MQM movement in Pakistan as well as other speeches previously broadcast by the same person.”
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16 June, 2019