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Pakistan deports arrested Briton

ISLAMABAD, January 11 2006: Pakistani authorities have deported a Briton held since May after he was cleared of links to terrorism and charges of fraud, fining him Rs 500 ($8.30) for overstaying his visa, his lawyer said on Tuesday January 10.

Zeeshan Siddiqui, a 25-year-old Briton of Pakistani descent, was arrested in Peshawar on May 15 after going to the police to report the loss of his passport. According to his lawyer, Siddiqui was interrogated about links to al-Qaeda and so badly beaten in custody that he lost the sight of one eye and the partial sight of the other. The lawyer, Musarrat Hilali, said that after police failed to link Siddiqui to militants, they charged him with having a false identity card but a court found him not guilty. He was, however, fined 500 rupees ($8.30) for overstaying his visa and ordered his deportation on those grounds. “We got his deportation order from the court on Saturday and he was freed from jail on Sunday,” Hilali said from Peshawar. “He left for London via Qatar the same night,” she said.
Source: The News
Date:1/11/2006