News ID: 203138
Published: 0723 GMT October 26, 2017

Pakistani court orders arrest of ex-PM Sharif over graft charges

Pakistani court orders arrest of ex-PM Sharif over graft charges

A court in Pakistan has issued an arrest warrant for the former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, who is embroiled in two corruption cases tied to the Panama Papers leak, his lawyer says.

“The accountability court issued bailable warrants for the former prime minister in two cases of alleged corruption today and adjourned (the) hearing until November 3,” one of his defense lawyers, Zafir Khan said Thursday.

The court also dismissed a request from Sharif's lawyer that he be exempted from court appearances in order to remain in London where his ailing wife Kalsum is undergoing cancer treatment.

The Supreme Court sacked Sharif in late July following an investigation into the allegations against him and his family, making him the 15th premier in Pakistan's 70-year history to be ousted before completing a full term.

The case against the prime minister stemmed from the Panama Papers leak last year, which spurred media frenzy over the extravagant lifestyles and high-end London property portfolio of the Sharif dynasty.

 
   
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