Sarim Burney denied bail in child smuggling case
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Sarim Burney denied bail in child smuggling case

KARACHI – A local court in this city on Tuesday rejected social worker Sarim Burney’s bail application in a child smuggling case.

The ruling by Judicial Magistrate (East) Khaliq ul Zaman came after the defense of Burney exhausted its arguments and the prosecution of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

During the proceedings, the prosecutor stated that additional evidence should be collected against Burney.

An FIA lawyer argued that the investigation could be jeopardized if the suspect was released on bail, adding that Burney had been cheating throughout the investigation.

He further mentioned that the ongoing investigation has led to new discoveries.

The prosecutor also pointed out that the mother of the daughter, named Haya, contacted Burney to get her daughter back, but he refused.

A lawyer representing Burney argued that the FIA ​​failed to conduct a thorough investigation.

The lawyer claimed that the couple who adopted the child from the hospital entrusted the child to the Sarim Burney Trust. He also told the court that all legal protocols were followed in the adoption process.

“The FIA ​​made allegations without supporting them with evidence,” he further argued.

The court had earlier granted two days’ remand to Sarim Burney and handed him over to the FIA ​​for further investigation into the matter.

Burney, who heads the nonprofit Sarim Burney Welfare Trust International, was arrested on June 5 at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport after returning from the United States.

His arrest and pre-trial detention were based on charges including human trafficking, smuggling and illegally sending children to the US following a complaint by US authorities.

Burney allegedly smuggled as many as 20 children into the United States.

The FIA ​​found that Burney was involved in smuggling a newborn baby girl named Haya into the US. They claim Burney bought the baby from her parents for R1 million and then sent her abroad.