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Pak anti-graft court asks Sharif to record statement on Friday in Panamagate

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

A Pakistani anti-graft court trying ousted Sharif for allegedly buying properties in the UK through corruption today asked him to record his statement in the case on Friday.

Three cases were launched last year against Sharif, 68, and his family including the case about posh properties in which were allegedly bought in 1990s when he twice served as

Sharif's daughter Maryam, sons Hassan and Hussain and are co-accused in the case.

The court also asked his daughter and to record their statements.

His two sons have been declared absconders as they are living abroad and never appeared before the court.

ordered to provide a list of questions regarding the case.

Under the law, the three accused will record their testimonies and also face cross-examinations by the prosecution.

and Safdar are co-accused only in properties case while Sharif and his two sons are co-accused in all three cases.

Sharif's trial is going on in all the cases.

The statements by the accused will conclude the trial and the court issue the verdict which is expected to be announced any time before June 9, which is the latest deadline set by the to conclude the cases against Sharif.

The cases were instituted after the disqualified Sharif on July 28 last year.

The trial against the had commenced on September 14, 2017.

The corruption cases, filed against the Sharifs, pertain to the and Hill Metal Establishment, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd, and properties of

Last month, the Supreme Court, in a landmark judgement, declared Sharif ineligible to hold public office for life, ending the political future of the three-time ahead of this year's

Sharif was disqualified to hold the office of the by the on July 28, 2017 in the case. He was disqualified for not being "honest and righteous" as he failed to declare in 2013 a salary he got from the company of his son in the UAE.

In February, the apex court also disqualified Sharif as the of the ruling Muslim League-(PML-N).

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 20:35 IST
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