Karachi YouTuber gets five-year jail term

KARACHI: The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) has handed down a stern sentence to the owner of a YouTube channel involved in blackmail against a clinic owner and a reporter.

The court’s verdict, delivered in a case related to extortion for monetary gains through the clinic’s YouTube channel, found the channel’s owner, Muzammil Aslam Munga, and reporter Wasim Abbas Hashmi guilty of blackmail and extortion. Both individuals have been sentenced to five years in prison, accompanied by a fine of ten thousand rupees each. Despite being granted bail, both offenders have been promptly taken into custody and sent to jail.

The case was filed by Arif Solangi, the clinic owner, at the Aziz Bhatti Police Station. According to the complainant, on January 15, 2022, reporter Wasim Abbas Hashmi, along with a camera crew, visited his clinic, recorded a video, and issued threats for a deal. The accused demanded three hundred thousand rupees, and after a visit to their office, received two hundred fifty thousand rupees. Additional funds were also acquired through Easypaisa.

In a separate case, Additional District and Sessions Judge Rawalpindi, Waris Javed, sentenced the accused to two years imprisonment with a fine of two hundred thousand rupees in an online sexual harassment and blackmailing case. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had registered the case under the Cyber Crime Act, and the court ordered the convicted individuals to pay two hundred thousand rupees as compensation to the affected woman.

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