Journalist remanded to jail in data leak case.

ISLAMABAD -- A civil judge on Monday rejected the Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) request to extend the physical remaAAnd of journalist Shahid Aslam.

The journalist, who has been arrested for allegedly leaking former army chief retired General Qamar Javed Bajwa's tax records, was presented in a court where the FIA sought an extension in physical remand.

The FIA sought five days' physical remand of Mr Aslam to retrieve the password of his mobile phone and other material.

FIA's counsel Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Naqvi said the accused did not cooperate with the investigation team and the forensic analysis of his mobile could not be done due to holidays. He pleaded for an extension in his two-day physical remand granted by the court at the last hearing.

Judge Omar Shabbir rejected the request and sent Mr Aslam to Adiala Jail on judicial remand for two weeks.

The defendant's counsel contended that there was no evidence to connect the accused with the crime.

The counsel said the only allegation against Mr Aslam was that he bribed Federal Board of Revenue's (FBR) employees to obtain the assets' details of the former army chief and his family.

The FIA has no information about when, where or how much bribe was paid and to whom, the counsel added.

He further said the other accused, who allegedly received the bribe, were already in...

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