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Now, Pak court indicts Nawaz Sharif in offshore investments case

20 Octobre 2017

An anti-corruption court on Friday indicted ousted Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a third graft case related to Flagship Investments and other offshore companies. But, the trial would be carried on separately.

The National Accountability Court charged Sharif in absentia for holding assets beyond his known sources of income and read out a chargesheet to his representative Zafir Khan.

It was one of the three cases of corruption and money laundering registered by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against 67-year-old Sharif on September 8.

Khan on behalf Sharif pleaded not guilty to the charges read out by the anti-corruption judge Muhammad Bashir.

The court adjourned the hearing of the Avenfield properties and Azizia Steel Mills references until October 26 and directed the prosecution to produce its first witness at the next hearing.

The court is conducting the hearing of three references filed by NAB in light of the Supreme Court directions in the July 28 Panama Papers case judgment.

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The references against the Sharif family pertain to the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, their London properties and over dozen offshore companies owned by the family. There were also reports that he would come back on Sunday.

Sharif's children - Hassan and Hussain - are in London, and have already been declared absconder for skipping the proceedings.

The charge sheet observed that Sharif had held important positions in public office, including those of the chief minister and the prime minister.

An accountability court on Thursday indicted Sharif, as well as his daughter and son-in-law. The Sharif family pleaded not guilty to the charges, claiming that they were denied the fundamental right to a fair trial. The former Prime Minister had earlier filed a petition in the apex court, challenging the filing of multiple graft cases against him by the country's anti-corruption watchdog.

Sharif's lawyer maintained that the multiple cases were "violative of his (Sharif's) fundamental rights" under the constitution as all the cases deal with one accusation about making assets beyond known means of income.

Now, Pak court indicts Nawaz Sharif in offshore investments case