The Accountability Court, Islamabad heard corruption cases against ex- President Asif Ali Zardari today and adjourned the hearing till February 24. At the earlier hearing last month, the court had granted long term exemption to Zardari from personal appearance in hearings of the case submitted by NAB.
His cases were reopened by the NAB last year after his immunity finished and period as head of the state ended. He appeared in the court on January 9, but doesn’t charge-sheeted. During today’s proceeding, NAB lawyer appeared before the AC judge, Muhammad Bashir, and submitted a detailed reply over Zardari’s plea for acquittal. He argued that the accused couldn’t be found innocent since testimonies are yet to be recorded against him. The lawyer said that ‘solid proofs’ of corruption have been identified.
Zardari’s lawyer Farooq H. Naik had prayed before the court for acquittal of Asif Ali Zardari in all 5 corruption references on the grounds that neither any solid proof against him could be found nor any of the eyewitness turned up in case hearings.