Pakistan court postpones indictment of Imran Khan, Bushra in corruption case till 27 February

A Pakistani accountability court has postponed the arraignment of jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi in a Rs 50 million corruption case till February 27, according to a media report on Saturday.

The court on Friday postponed the indictment of Khan and Bushra in the Al-Qadir Trust case filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) as the Islamabad High Court (IHC) is set to appeal against their convictions in the Toshakhana and Sifar cases. Dawn newspaper reported on 26 February.

Justice Nasir Javed Rana was hearing the proceedings in the high-security Adiala jail in Rawalpindi, where Khan, the 71-year-old founder of his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, is lodged.

Bushra Bibi, 49, has been confined to Khan’s Bani Gala residence in Islamabad after an accountability court sentenced the couple to 14 years in jail in the Toshakhana corruption case.

The Al-Qadir Trust case relates to the settlement of 190 million pounds, approximately Rs 50 billion, which the UK’s National Crime Agency sent to Pakistan after recovery from Pakistani property tycoon Malik Riaz Hussain.

Khan, being the prime minister at the time, instead of depositing the money in the national treasury, had allowed the businessman to use the amount to partially pay a fine of about Rs 450 billion imposed by the Supreme Court a few years earlier.

In return, the tycoon had reportedly gifted about 57 acres of land to a trust set up by Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi for the establishment of Al-Qadir University in the Sohawa area of ​​Punjab’s Jhelum district.

Hussain, his son Ahmed Ali Riaz, Mirza Shahzad Akbar and Zulfi Bukhari are also among the suspects in the case, but instead of joining the investigation and subsequent court proceedings, they absconded and were later declared declared criminals. Went.

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Srishti Jha

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February 25, 2024

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