Pak. court orders to produce Sharif on Monday for remaining corruption cases

Three corruption cases were filed against Mr. Sharif and family last year.

A top Pakistani court on Thursday ordered authorities to produce jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday in connection with two other corruption cases against him spiralling from the Panama Papers leak.

The accountability court of judge Arshad Malik held the first hearing of the two graft cases — the Flagship Investment case and 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.

Three corruption cases were filed against Mr. Sharif and family last year.

Mr. 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.

Mr. Sharif launched an appeal against the conviction in the IHC on July 16. On the same day he filed an application to transfer the remaining two cases to another court.

The IHC this week approved the application seeking transfer of pending corruption cases against Mr. Sharif and his two sons to another accountability court headed by judge Malik.

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 judge adjourned the hearing till Monday and ordered that Mr. Sharif should be produced for the hearing.

Apart from Mr. Sharif, his two sons — Hassan and Hussian — are also co-accused on all three cases.

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 travelling on their Pakistani passports.

Separately, the IHC will take up the hearing of the appeals of Mr. Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law against their conviction in the Avenfield properties corruption case on Monday.

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