Pakistan’s ex-PM appears before anti-corruption court

26 Sep 17

Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif appeared before an anti-corruption court today, as trial proceedings begin following a corruption probe.  

Sharif briefly appeared before a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court on three corruption charges, two months after his disqualification by the Supreme Court for not declaring a source of income that he denied receiving. He did not enter a plea. 

He is to be formally indicted on October 2, according to local TV channels.

Sharif has said the proceedings were biased and the corruption claims politically motivated.  

A Supreme Court Panel alleged the former prime minister’s family’s wealth to exceed their legal income following the ‘Panama Papers’ scandal, which revealed that his children owned undeclared offshore companies and assets. 

According to local news, the court also issued fresh arrest warrants against his children and son-in-law.

In July, Sharif was disqualified from being a member of the Pakistani Parliament, after the court said he was “not honest”.

Campaign group Transparency International urged UK authorities to seize Sharif’s property in the country following the corruption probe. 

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