The Criminal Court refrained from pronouncing penalty against driver of a black Yukon and two of his friends who were caught in possession of illicit drugs and violently resisted arrest when security operatives clamped on them. The charge sheet indicated the prosecution officer was on a routine with a colleague patrol in Fintas area when they spotted the Yukon violating the traffic regulation.
The officers requested identification documents, which none of the trio could produce. They were ordered into the police vehicle with the intention of taking them to the station, but they resisted arrest, prompting the officers to seek reinforcement, especially as the suspects were observed to be under the influence of intoxicants. A precautionary check on them exposed four hidden sachets containing illicit drugs. They all confessed the drugs were meant for personal consumption.
However, Lawyer En’am Haider in her defense faulted the process of search and arrest of her clients, stressing the officers acted without securing warrants from the Public Prosecution Department. She argued that subsequent procedures were equally null and void since they were built on a faulty initial procedure.
Inmate acquitted: The Criminal Court acquitted an inmate of Central Prison who was accused of possessing drugs for peddling in the prison. The prison officer said he was patrolling the prison when he noticed the suspect in a frightened and disoriented state. He conducted a search of the suspect to find a packet of cigarette with three cigarettes. He checked the cigarettes to discover it was stuffed with a suspicious white material.