Pakistan

Court seeks arguments to acquit co-accused in Rana Sanaullah narcotics case

A special court (Control of Narcotics Substance) sought arguments from the prosecution on acquittal applications of the co-suspects of former law minister Rana Sanaullah narcotics case.

During the hearing on Saturday, the prosecutor sought time for the arguments on this application and the court postponed the hearing till October 2 in a drug recovery case.

Judge Naeem Sheikh also warned the suspects against skipping the hearings in the future.

A prosecutor of the anti-narcotics force (ANF) said the acquittal applications by the co-suspects at this stage were a tactic to delay the indictment. He asserted that this application had no value before the eyes of the law.

Accused counsel said that the court was supposed to decide the acquittal applications before moving forward in the trial. He requested to accept the application and acquit all the suspects.

Rana Sana and the other five co-suspects Usman Ahmad, Sibtain Haider, Muhammad Akram, Umar Farooq, and Amir Rustam appeared before the court along with their counsel. They are drivers and private security guards of Rana Sana.

ANF had arrested Rana Sana on July 1, 2019, and had allegedly recovered 15-kg of heroin from his vehicle. The FIR was lodged under section 9 (C) of the Control of Narcotic Substances Act 1997.

Rana Sana twice denied bail by the trial court and later Lahore High Court order to release him on December 24, 2019.

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