Sarim Burney’s bail request rejected in human trafficking case

Sarim Burney’s bail request was rejected Tuesday in the human trafficking case.

The development comes as the Karachi City Court rejected the bail application of activist Sarim Burney, accused of illegally sending children abroad and engaging in child trafficking.

The Eastern Judicial Magistrate announced his decision on Burney’s bail application after hearing arguments from both sides.

During the hearing, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) lawyer told the court that more evidence needed to be gathered against the suspect.

“If the suspect is released on bail, it could affect the investigation,” the FIA ​​lawyer said, adding that the accused was resorting to continuous lies.

He added that other revelations were made during the investigation.

He also said the accused lied continuously and further revelations came to light during the investigation.

According to him, the mother of the little girl victim Haya said that when she contacted Sarim Burney to collect her daughter, he refused to hand over the child.

The prosecutor argued that granting bail to the accused would influence the investigation.

On the other hand, Sarim Burney’s lawyer argued that the FIA ​​failed to properly investigate the matter.

“The parents who adopted the baby from the hospital handed him over to the Sarim Burney Trust,” he told the proceedings.

The social worker’s lawyer added that all legal requirements are met in the process of adopting children.

“The FIA ​​made allegations, but could not provide evidence,” the lawyer said.

On June 6, a local court granted Sarim Burney two-day remand to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

However, an extension of the remand was refused, with the FIA ​​only obtaining custody of the accused for two days.

The social worker, who runs the Sarim Burney Welfare Trust International, a non-profit entity, was arrested by the FIA ​​on June 5 after he landed at the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi following his visit to the United States.

His arrest and remand in custody by the FIA ​​follows charges against him, including human trafficking, human smuggling and illegally sending children to the United States, after US authorities filed a complaint against him.