Another foreigner let off by the court?

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A French citizen Fhillipe Jean Marie was granted post-arrest bail from the Judicial Magistrate (Model Town) Sahir Islam despite being charged for several criminal cases in Pakistan after exploiting loopholes in the judicial system. .
The French citizen was aided by both the Lahore Bar Association (LBA) President and vice president.
Fhillipe was charged under a cheque dishonour case under PPC section 498-F. Expatriate Nauman Rasheed registered two separate FIRs with Gulberg and Old Anarkali police stations respectively with respect to the dishonouring of two cheques worth Rs1.07 million and Rs1.43 million respectively. Rasheed had given the money to Marie for visa issuance as Marie has presented himself as a French embassy official.
Rasheed lodged the FIRs on July 20, 2011 when Fhillipe was in custody of Sarwar Road police in a liquor smuggling case. Police had arrested him from the Cantonment area and recovered 100 bottles of liquor from his custody.
Later on, he was shifted to the Gulberg police station to obtain physical remand from the court of law in the cheque dishonour case. Police produced the accused before the court of Judicial Magistrate (Model Town) Qadeer Hussain Butt to obtain physical remand. However, the accused confessed guilt before the magistrate and was sent to jail on judicial remand.
Subsequently, Marie engaged the LBA President Shahzad Hassan Sheikh and vice president (model town) Muhammad Hafeez as counsels and filed a bail petition in Gulberg police station case.
The complainant Rasheed had filed an application before Session Judge Lahore and requested that the bail matter be transferred to another judge after expressing mistrust for magistrate Butt. The session judge dismissed the application, however, magistrate Butt himself refused to hear the bail petition and referred the matter back to the session judge. The matter was marked to judicial magistrate Sahir Islam, who heard CIA contractor Raymond Davis case. On Saturday, the magistrate took up the bail petition and granted the same.

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  1. as always, the press gets it wrong. if they only knew Mr.Nauman Rasheed (the complainant) was financing an alcohol business. maybe the authorities need to go after him for his own involvement in these practices.

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