Disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist A Q Khan was declared a free man, subject to some security measures, by a Pakistani court on Friday. But media reports claimed that the government had come to an out-of-court settlement on easing restrictions imposed on him.
The high court said Khan, who was accused of running a nuclear proliferation ring, could freely move around within the country and visit the Science Foundation for research. There is also no bar on close friends and relatives meeting him, it said.
However, TV channels reported that Khan had reached some sort of secret, out-of-court agreement with the government, on easing restrictions imposed on the scientist, after he admitted to running a nuclear proliferation ring in early 2004.
Image: Nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan waves to the media after being released by a court verdict, outside his residence in Islamabad on February 6, 2009.
Photograph: Mian Khursheed/Reuters.
Text: Rediff Archives
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