Asif Ali Zardari indicted in Park Lane reference

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NAB court rejects Zardari's acquittal pleas, orders to indict him in all three references
NAB court rejects Zardari's acquittal pleas, orders to indict him in all three references

ISLAMABAD – Accountability court on Monday has indicted Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari in National Accountability Bureau‘s Park Lane reference.

During the hearing, the PPP leader has pleaded not guilty in the case and asked the judge to write in the order that there was no defence counsel over which, the judge said that you don‘t need lawyer for listening to the accusations listed in the charge sheet. I am bearing cases against me for 20 years, Zardari told the court.

Earlier, the court had rejected Zardari’s request for withdrawal of plea seeking acquittal and dismissal of the case. Former president’s petition challenging jurisdiction of the court to hear this matter was also rejected. The accountability judge assured to wrap up the reference as per law.

In December 2019, former president Asif Ali Zardari was released on medical grounds after an accountability court in Islamabad issued separate robkars in the Park Lane Estate Company and the money laundering through fake bank accounts cases against him.

The charges in the latest case centre around allegations Zardari laundered vast sums of money through suspect bank accounts and companies.

NAB is conducting investigations in pursuance of the Supreme Court’s verdict in the money laundering of billions through fake accounts case wherein it forwarded the joint investigation team (JIT) report with directions to investigate and file references.

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