Exemption for Pakistan ex-President Zardari in illegal assets case hearings

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Exemption for Pakistan ex-President Zardari in illegal assets case hearings

Zardari, 59, had failed to appear for the hearing twice, citing reasons of poor health and lack of security.

By Afzal Khan

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Published: Thu 21 May 2015, 8:50 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 9:22 PM

Former Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardar - Photo: AFP

Islamabad — An accountability court here on Thursday granted permanent exemption to Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari from appearing before it in an illegal assets reference.

Zardari had failed to appear for the hearing twice, citing poor health and lack of security as reasons.

On his plea, Rawalpindi Accountability Court Judge Khalid Ranjha granted Zardari exemption from appearing before it, permitting him to be represented by his lawyer Farooq H. Naek in upcoming hearings of the case.

The court has summoned witnesses for the next hearing of the case on June 2.

According to Zardari’s counsel Amjad Iqbal Qureshi, the court premises are highly unsafe for the former president as well as for his lawyers. He added that there were almost eight to nine gates through which one can enter the premises of the court which he said signified inadequate security.

According to the reference, Zardari and former assassinated prime minister Benazir Bhutto are accused of illegally acquiring their assets. The case was also tried in a Swiss court.

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