Pakistan: Further information: Ailing professor granted bail, charges remain: Professor Muhammad Ismail

Index Number: ASA 33/3985/2021

Professor Muhammad Ismail was finally granted bail by the Peshawar High Court on 12 April 2021, almost three months since his pre-arrest bail was cancelled on 2 February. This comes after weeks of court delays in holding his bail hearing, throughout which he was detained in a prison with a known COVID-19 outbreak. The trumped-up charges of “terror financing” have not yet been dropped, and he remains at risk of a lengthy sentence if convicted. Professor Ismail’s trial is currently being heard by an Anti-Terrorism Court in Peshawar.

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