Pakistan court to indict former PM Sharif next week
September 26 2017 10:44 AM
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Supporters of Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif chant slogans during his appearance before the accountability court in Islamabad on Tuesday.

DPA/Islamabad

Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif appeared before an anti-graft court for the first time on Tuesday to face corruption charges against his family.
The judge announced that Sharif would be indicted on October 2, Sharif's political secretary Asif Kirmani said.
Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered Sharif to be removed from office on July 28 after a probe into allegations against his family stemming from last year's leaked Panama Papers.
The allegations against the three-time elected leader and three of his children dates back to one of his previous stints in power in the 1990s.
His political opponents accused Sharif and his family of laundering money from Pakistan and using the wealth to buy properties in London.
The judge issued warrants for two of Sharif's sons, a daughter and a son-in-law and also ordered them to appear before the court next week.
Sharif's political aides insist the former premier was removed due to a conspiracy. Some political commentators say the powerful military, which ruled the country for nearly half of its existence, was behind the ouster.
Sharif, known as a strong advocate for civilian rule in a country marred by years of violence by militants and political upheavals, has rough relations with the military.
His previous two terms in power in 1990s also ended prematurely, partly through military intervention.



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