Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Pakistan: Convicted ex-PM Nawaz Sharif faces another money laundering allegations

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Pakistan’s anti-graft tribunal has ordered that convicted ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif be questioned on money laundering allegations over the next two weeks.

It’s yet another corruption case against Nawaz Sharif, who is serving a seven-year sentence for corruption. He’s appealing that sentence.

His political party, now in opposition in parliament, says the new case is an attempt to keep Sharif behind bars should his sentence be overturned.

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Friday’s decision saw Nawaz Sharif being brought under tight security before the anti-graft tribunal in the eastern city of Lahore to hear the money laundering charges. He told reporters there that he’s being victimized.

Sharif, who served as Pakistan’s premier three times, was ousted from office by the Supreme Court in 2017 because of corruption charges against him.

Subsequent elections brought Imran Khan to power.

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