Judge Arshad Malik barred from working as he alleges Rs500m bribe offer from Nawaz’s son

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ISLAMABAD: Law Minister Barrister Farogh Naseem has said that Arshad Malik, the Judge of Accountability Court No. 2, has been temporarily barred from working on his position.
Addressing a news conference along with Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar in Islamabad on Friday afternoon, he said the services of Judge Arshad Malik are being returned to Lahore High Court.
He said the decision to bar him from working has been made on the basis of his alleged video and press release issued by him. The Law Minister said barring the judge does not have any impact on the verdicts given by him. He made it clear that no attempt will be tolerated to bring the courts under pressure.
The Law Minister said Arshad Malik in his affidavit said he gave the verdict without any pressure or fear. He said punishments exist for efforts to bribe or threaten judges.
Speaking on the occasion, with Special Assistant Shahzad Akbar said Panama case is a saga that starts on greed and ends on corruption.
Meanwhile, in his affidavit the judge claimed that he was offered a Rs500 million cash bribe by the son of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Hussain Nawaz, who demanded that the judge resign on the grounds that he “could no longer deal with the guilt of having convicted” Nawaz under duress in the Al-Azizia reference.
In an affidavit submitted to the Islamabad High Court chief justice, the judge claimed that he was offered bribes and threatened with dire consequences by PML-N representatives initially to force him into issuing verdicts in favour of Nawaz in the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investments references, and later to coerce him into resigning from his office.

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