Zardari’s NAB cases adjourned until Nov 26

Posted: October 30, 2013 in Current Affairs, World Affairs
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ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing of six corruption cases against Asif Ali Zardari until Nov 26 and again issued notices to the National Accountability Bureau and the former president, DawnNews reported.

Former federal law minister Farooq H. Naek submitted his power of attorney on behalf of Mr Zardari in the court informing it that the former president could not appear in court as he had to attend a conference on democracy outside the country.

Naek also sought more time from the court to prepare for the case and said he would personally apprise Mr Zardari over the court notices.

The court then issued notices to the former president and the NAB for re-opening of the corruption cases and said it could initiate proceedings if Mr Zardari did not appear for the next hearing.

The hearing was adjourned until Nov 26 with the mutual consent of NAB’s additional prosecutor general and counsel for Mr Zardari, Farooq H Naek.

The cases against Mr Zardari contain charges of kickbacks and commission from SGS PSI Company for pre-shipment inspection, grant of a licence to ARY Gold causing losses to national exchequer, receipt of illegal gratification and commission in purchase of URSUS tractors under the Awami Tractor Scheme, illegal award of a contract to Cotecna for pre-shipment, possession of assets beyond means and receipt of kickbacks from Sajjad Ahmad, a former chairman of Pakistan Steel Mills.

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