Sharif to be produced in Pak court on Monday for remaining 2 graft cases
A Pakistani accountability court hearing corruption cases against the Sharif family today summoned deposed former prime minister on August 13 for his first court appearance following his incarceration.
The accountability court of judge Arshad Malik held the first hearing of the two graft cases - the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and the Hill Metal Establishment case - against Sharif after Islamabad High Court (IHC) this week accepted his plea to transfer them to another judge.
Sharif, 68, along with his daughter Maryam, 44 and his son-in-law Capt (Retd) Muhammad Safdar are already serving jail terms of 10-years, seven years and one year respectively in Adiala jail in Rawalpindi, after an accountability court convicted them on July 6 over the family's ownership of four luxury flats in London.
As judge Malik resumed hearing today he asked the prosecution about the presence of Sharif and was told by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) lawyer that he was in jail and was not brought to the court due to security reasons.
The court has already declared the two sons as absconders due to their persistent failure to appear before the court. They have been blacklisted by the authorities, barring them from traveling on their Pakistani passports.
The ownership of the four London flats by the Sharif family surfaced in the Panama Papers in April 2016, indicating that the posh properties were managed through offshore companies owned by Sharif's children.
The Panama Papers cases were launched on September 8, 2016, following the Supreme Court verdict of July 28 that disqualified Sharif as prime minister and ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to probe cases against him.
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