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Court verdict in 2 corruption cases against Sharif today 

Islamabad, December 23

An anti-corruption court in Pakistan will deliver its judgment on Monday in two remaining corruption cases against ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Judge Muhammad Arshad Malik of Islamabad-based accountability court last week reserved the judgment after completion of hearing in the Flagship Investment and Al-Azizia cases against 68-year-old Sharif.

The verdict will be announced on December 24, which is the revised deadline set by the Supreme Court to wrap up the remaining two corruption cases against the three-time former prime minister. The accountability court had indicted Sharif for holding assets beyond his known sources of income in August 2017.

Last week, the judge rejected application by Sharif’s lawyer Khawaja Harris to provide one week time to submit more documents but allowed him to provide any document by Friday last.

The judge also observed that the court was bound to follow December 24 final deadline set by the Supreme Court. Three cases — Avenfield properties case, Flagship Investment case and Al-Azizia steel mills case — were launched by the National Accountability Bureau on September 8, 2017 following a judgment by the apex court that disqualified Sharif.

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