Fiji Times Logo

Fiji Time: 6:17 PM on Monday 28 July

/ Front page / Sport

Akmal arrested

Afp
Monday, February 03, 2014

LAHORE, Pakistan - Pakistan's middle-order batsman Umar Akmal was arrested yesterday for violating traffic rules, interfering in government work and "scuffling" with a traffic official.

Police said the 23-year-old Akmal, whose brothers Kamran and Adnan also play for Pakistan, did not stop at a traffic signal in the commercial Firdous market area in Lahore, and later brawled with a traffic warden.

"Three wardens tried to stop him after he violated a traffic signal but he did not (stop). And when he finally stopped, he scuffled with a warden and tore his uniform," senior local police official Zahid Nawaz told reporters.

"Umar is under arrest and a case has been filed against him."

But Akmal denied the charges, claiming he had been assaulted by the traffic warden first.

"The warden hit me on my face and you can see the wounds," he told reporters.

"I myself came to the police station with a request to control the wardens who misbehave with people and police have instead registered a case against me."

Later Saturday, the Lahore police took Akmal to a session court but could not produce him before the close of proceedings.

Akmal's lawyer Wasim Mumtaz said police stopped him from meeting Umar.

"The police wasted time and even stopped me from meeting him," said Mumtaz, who was unsure whether his client will be released on bail before court proceedings on Monday.

Mumtaz added that the authorities had yet to show him a copy of the allegations against his client, a refusal which he described as "unlawful".


Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. New United formation
  2. 10 degrees lowest yet
  3. Misleading phone deals
  4. Man pleads for return of medal
  5. Party to fight alone
  6. Hospitality amazes traveller
  7. Super shark nanna
  8. Recognition for officers
  9. Alarm bells as diabetes forecast points to rise in cases
  10. Website to boost profile

Top Stories this Week

  1. No 'free education', says party Wednesday (23 Jul)
  2. Playing 'enemy' Tuesday (22 Jul)
  3. $24,000 payout a lifeline for family Tuesday (22 Jul)
  4. Illegal Fijians in Tonga Friday (25 Jul)
  5. Warning for teachers Thursday (24 Jul)
  6. Calls for support Tuesday (22 Jul)
  7. $70m plan Wednesday (23 Jul)
  8. Fijian woman jailed for stealing millions in NZ Sunday (27 Jul)
  9. Groenewald: Brutality video under investigation Thursday (24 Jul)
  10. New United formation Monday (28 Jul)