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Pak anti-corruption court dismisses Sharif's plea to transfer remaining two cases

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Nawaz Sharif's petition to transfer the remaining two corruption cases against him to another accountability court was dismissed today, said today, in another blow to the embattled former on the eve of his return to the country and possible arrest.

Sharif, who is currently in to tend to his ailing wife Kulsoom, is expected to return to tomorrow, days after being sentenced to 11 years in prison by an anti-corruption court in the Avenfield properties case, one of the three corruption cases against him following the Panama Papers scandal.

of the stated that after passing the judgment and framing charges on members of the Sharif family, he can not recuse himself from the case, Geo TV reported.

To transfer the case to another court, relevant high court authorities need to be approached, and if the case is to be transferred across provinces, then the needs to be consulted with, the channel quoted the as saying.

The is now facing two more corruption cases in the accountability court and in which they are accused of money laundering, tax evasion and hiding offshore assets, reported.

Apart from 68-year-old Sharif, the accountability court sentenced his daughter Maryam and Capt (retired) Safdar to jail in the Avenfield properties case. The Sharifs owned four apartments in the posh Mayfair area in

Sharif and Maryam would be arrested the moment they land in Pakistan, officials have said.

During today's hearing, Khawaja Haris, Sharif's counsel, stated that Bashir had already made public his opinion on the Joint Investigation Team's report and on the Gulf Steel Mills.

Haris clarified that for the purpose of upholding justice, the transfer was requested as Judge Bashir's opinions are now in the open.

The judge remarked that he would include all of Haris' objections in the order, to which the defence requested an adjournment of the hearing till July 16 so that they may contact relevant higher authorities.

Sharif's maintained that there are similarities in the cases, and since Judge Bashir's viewpoint on those points is already in the open, a request for a new judge was made.

The National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) was of the opinion that since Judge Bashir has heard all sides of the case, he should continue the hearings.

The hearing was then adjourned till July 17, the report said.

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First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 18:00 IST