Published On: Thu, Jan 9th, 2014
Published in Category: Karachi

Zardari to appear before Accountability Court

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KARACHI: Former president Asif Ali Zardari will appear before Accountability Court on January 9 to submit his response on references filed by National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Former president is expected to be indicted on his appearance.

Asif Ali Zardari was earlier summoned in court on at least five corruption references filed by NAB but didn’t appear before the court due to security issues and presidential immunity when he was still in the office. Former president is due to arrive in Islamabad from Karachi on Wednesday.

Zardari’s cases were reopened in October with NAB submitting that his presidential immunity ended as he stepped down. Defense attorney Farooq H. Naek had pleaded the extensions owing to the pertinent threats faced by the former president.

Sindh High Court had earlier permitted the former president to use bullet proof vehicles with tinted glass and bear additional security on his own expenses. Former president had failed to appear three times and the court had adjourned the hearing until January 9.

Zardari is now ready to face charges and will appear before Accountability Court on the summoned date to submit his response. Former president might be indicted on his appearance before the court, Dunya News reported.