ISLAMABAD:June 10, The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) opposed a petition seeking registration of a criminal case against US journalist Cynthia D. Ritchie and requested the district and sessions court to dismiss the plea accordingly since the petitioner, a local leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), was not an aggrieved person in the matter.
Advocate Raja Shakeel Abbasi had filed the petition before Additional District and Sessions Judge seeking registration of an FIR against Ms Ritchie for allegedly defaming the slain PPP chairperson and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto on social media.The court issued a notice to Ms Ritchie, asking her to appear before it on June 13. Last week, the court had also issued a notice to the FIA on the petition.
FIA cyber crime circle’s assistant director Adnan Ahmad Lohani submitted a reply to the petition. It stated: “On June 2 when the complainant appeared in the office of the Cyber crime Reporting Centre, in connection with verification of his complaint,
The FIA reply stated that according to law “any aggrieved person or his guardian, where such person is a minor, may apply to the authority for removal, destruction of or blocking access to such information”. Subsequently, the FIA requested “that the instant petition may be dismissed”.
After the court’s proceedings, Cynthia Ritchie tweeted: “My actions don’t fall within the ambit of cyber crimes. I have the right to express my opinion…My lawyer, Nasir Azeem Khan, Advocate High Court will appear in Islamabad District Court on given date.”