Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Senator Azam Swati’s physical remand was extended by an additional four days on Tuesday after he was taken into custody for the second time for tweeting against senior military officials.
Judicial Magistrate Muhammad Shabir heard the case against Swati's "controversial" tweets in a district and sessions court.
Swati's lawyer Babar Awan’s request to exempt the senator from appearing before the court was accepted. Awan maintained that the senator cannot be presented due to “threats” against his life.
To this, Special Prosecutor Rizwan Abbasi stated that the matter of Swati’s absence from court on the request of his lawyer should be written in the order.
The prosecutor said that they intended to bring Swati to court, but the court instructed the Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) lawyer to mark his attendance through video link.
The court maintained that there was no need for Swati to be at the next hearing but that he should appear via video link.
Earlier today, Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Amir Farooq heard Swati’s petition filed a day earlier against multiple cases registered against him and concerns of torture.