Pakistan sentences man in first conviction over child porn

LAHORE, Apr 27: In what appears to be the first kind of international child pornography case in the country’s history, a local court convicted a man to seven-year rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 1.2 million.
The convict was found to have acted in close nexus with the global child pornographic racket for the sake of financial benefits.
Saadat Amin, 41, from Sargodha, had been involved in this heinous crime for the last seven years during which he worked for the international child pornographic ring. The court convicted him under Section 22 of Prevention of Electronic Crime Act, 2016.
The court was informed that one terabyte (1,024 gigabytes), a massive obnoxious data, was recovered from the hard drive and the personal computer of the convict. The entire material was related to child abuse of third-degree. It was highly painful for the court to see that only minors ranging from the age of 6 to 12 were victims — the first case of its kind in the country’s history.
Amin was arrested by the FIA’s cyber crime cell on the request of Norwegian Embassy last year. The FIA told the court that the convict was the operative of an international racket operating in different countries.
The agency said he had been working from Pakistan for international child pornographers, including Jan Lindstorm in Norway, Giobani Betotti in Italy, Mukhtar and Andrew Moody in the UK and Max Hunter in the US.
Eleven prosecution witnesses recorded their statements, including the victims, their family members and officials of the agency, against Saadat. (Agencies)