First cyber crime case in Supreme Court -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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First cyber crime case in Supreme Court

ISLAMABAD- The Supreme Court on May 13, 2003 issued notice to the deputy attorney general for May 14 in the first-ever cyber crime case reported by the US Consulate in Karachi.

Former federal minister Syed Iqbal Haider, who was assisted by Barrister Gohar Ali Khan, appeared in the Supreme Court on behalf of Iftikhar and Khurram, allegedly involved in this cyber crime case.

The bench comprised Chief Justice Sheikh Riaz Ahmed, Justice Mian Muhammad Ajmal, and Justice Muhammad Nawaz Abbasi.

Iqbal Haider said the US Consulate in Karachi reported to the Federal Investigation Agency that some Pakistanis are importing goods from America and other countries by misusing credit cards.

He said the consulate identified about five Pakistanis and traced their phone numbers who were allegedly involved in the case and reported the matter to the FIA to take action against these persons under sections 420, 411, 468, 471 and 477(a).

He said the consulate reported that these Pakistanis are part of the world-wide cyber crime costing $3 million.

The case was tried in Special Court for Banking Offences and bail was rejected by the trial court that was also rejected by the Sindh High Court.

Then the bail application was filed before the Supreme Court, which was adjourned for May 14 for further hearing.

Explaining the mode of fraud, Iqbal said it has been reported that these Pakistanis got the stolen slips of credit cards payment and used those to purchase more items through the internet.

Source: The News
Date:5/13/2003