Court sentences Shoaib Sheikh to 7 years in prison in Axact degrees scam

Court sentences Shoaib Sheikh to 7 years in prison in Axact degrees scam

ISLAMABAD: Axact CEO Shoaib Sheikh is among 23 others sentenced by a district and sessions court to seven years in prison in the Axact fake degree scandal case.
District and Sessions Judge Chaudhry Mumtaz Hussain Thursday announced the verdict on the conclusion of the hearing of the case.
The trial court judge had earlier acquitted Axact CEO and other accused in the case. Additional district and sessions judge Pervaiz-ul-Qadir Memon had confessed to receiving Rs5 million for acquitting Shoaib Sheikh in the case.
The Supreme Court, hearing the suo motu notice of the Axact scandal on February 9 this year, had ordered the Islamabad and Sindh high courts to wrap up the appeals against the suspects’ acquittal within weeks.
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had also filed an appeal with the Islamabad High Court against the trial court’s order acquitting all the accused in the case.
The IHC had then declared the acquittal of Axact CEO Shoaib Sheikh and others void. It had ordered the sessions court to against listen to the final arguments and announce a verdict in the case.
The issue came to the fore in May 2016 when The New York Times published an article, claiming Axact sold fake degrees online through hundreds of fictitious schools.
After the issue surfaced, the offices of the company were sealed and its chief executive officer and other officials were arrested.

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