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Pakistani court reopens graft case against Zardari

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  18 April 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Islamabad, April 17: An anti-corruption court in Pakistan on Friday initiated the proceedings against former president Asif Ali Zardari in a graft case against him, said a media report. The petition was filed by special prosecutor Raja Khurram Ejaz on behalf of tiol Accountability Bureau (B) chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry at the Rawalpindi Accountability Court, Dawn online reported. Zardari’s immunity had ended with the expiry of his presidential tenure on September 8, 2013. Former prime minister Bezir Bhutto’s me, who was also a co-accused in the case, was elimited from the assets reference following her death in 2007. Approving the application, the court ordered Zardari to appear before it on April 27. The assets reference was initiated against Zardari and Bezir in 2001. In 2002, the former president had challenged the assets reference, which pertains to his movable and immovable property in Pakistan and abroad. The prosecution, in the assets reference, alleged that Zardari had purchased a number of properties in the me of his frontmen and had deposited the money from kickbacks in different Swiss banks. (IANS)

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