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Six corruption cases reopened against Zardari
Tariq Butt October 30, 2013
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ISLAMABAD: An anti-graft court in Rawalpindi on Tuesday opened six corruption cases against Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chief Asif Zardari on which hearing could not be held for five years when he enjoyed constitutional immunity from prosecution for being president of Pakistan.

The accountability court adjourned the hearing until Nov.26 and issued notices to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and Zardari.

It said it could initiate proceedings if Zardari did not appear in the next hearing.

Former federal law minister Farooq H. Naek submitted his power of attorney on behalf of Zardari and told the court that the former president could not appear as he had to attend a conference on democracy outside of Pakistan.

He sought time to prepare for the case and said he would personally apprise Zardari about the court notice.

The cases against Zardari contain charges of kickbacks and commission from SGS PSI Company for pre-shipment inspection, grant of a licence a leading gold company causing losses to national exchequer, receipt of illegal gratification.

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