Rawalpindi - Special Judge Central Naheem Arshad yesterday ordered deportation of US national Mathew Craig Barrett who was rounded up by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on August 6 on charges of slipping into Pakistan despite being placed on blacklist.

The special judge also accepted bail pleas of FIA Sub Inspector Raja Asif Raza and his son Constable Ehtasham ul Haq. The court directed each of them to furnish surety bonds worth Rs100,000.

According to details, FIA Inspector Rana Muhammad Akram appeared before the court and produced original notification of the Ministry of Interior regarding deportation of Mathew Craig Barrett from Pakistan.

The court after hearing arguments of the FIA official allowed deportation of the US national from the country. The FIA would obtain release of Mthew Barrett from Adiala jail and would deport him.

The court also heard post-arrest bail plea of Constable Ehtasham and pre-arrest bail of SI Raja Asif. During the hearing, the FIA investigators informed the court that they had found no evidence of illegal gratification obtained by Asif or Ehtasham to allow US national’s entry into the country. They however opposed the bail pleas saying their investigation had established negligence on part of the two FIA officials who were on duty when Mathew succeeded in passing through immigration desk at Benazir Bhutto Islamabad International Airport (BBIIAP). Advocate Raja Muhammad Nazir Ahmed, the defense lawyer, argued that Mathew Barrett’s entry into Pakistan was not first case of allowing a blacklisted individual to enter the country rather five such cases were unearthed by the FIA in last two months when blacklisted individuals succeeded in entering Pakistan.

“Barrett got entry permission not due to negligence of the duty officials but owning to flaws in the system,” he said adding that the immigration department of FIA had time and again apprised their bosses of the flaws in the system but no improvements were made. The lawyer maintained that it was discriminatory on part of the federal government to prosecute his clients and not to take action against senior immigration officials who were responsible for flaws in system.

“The federal government has no courage to prosecute the arrested US national Mathew Barrett despite the fact he committed a crime. The FIA has bent on penalising his clients only,” Raja Nazir stated before court.