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Ousted Pak PM Nawaz Sharif appears before anti-graft court to face trial

Three corruption cases were registered against him pertaining to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills, several companies including Flagship Investment Ltd, and London's Avenfield properties

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

File Photo: AP|PTI
File Photo: AP|PTI

Pakistan's ousted Prime Minister on Wednesday appeared before an anti-graft to face trial in corruption cases against him in the scandal that forced him to resign.

Sharif, 67, reached the along with his daughter

The former premier, who had left for Saudi Arabia on December 30 amid reports of a "deal" between the embattled Sharif family, returned to the country yesterday.

Three corruption cases were registered against him on September 8 following the Supreme verdict of July 28 that also disqualified Sharif as the prime minister and ordered (NAB) for institution of cases.

The produced two witnesses on the court today who recorded their statements and defence layer also cross-examined them.

The three cases pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills, several companies including Flagship Investment Ltd, and London's Avenfield properties.

Sharif and some of his family members are facing charges relating to their overseas properties.

Last hearing of the case was held on December 19.

So far 10 witnesses have recorded their statement on behalf of the prosecution. This was the 11th time that Sharif has attended the hearing.

The political future of Sharif, who leads the country's most powerful political family and the ruling PML-N party, has been hanging in balance since then. If convicted, Sharif can be jailed.

Sharifs family alleges that the cases are politically motivated.

First Published: Wed, January 03 2018. 12:41 IST
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