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Pakistan court sends Imran Khan on 14 days judicial remand in Al Qadir Trust case

Islamabad: A Pakistani accountability court on Monday sent Imran Khan on 14-day judicial remand in a corruption case, rejecting a request by the country’s anti-corruption body to extend the physical remand of the jailed former prime minister.

Islamabad Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir presided over the hearing of the Al-Qadir Trust corruption case at Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail, where Khan is currently jailed, The Express Tribune newspaper reported.

The 71-year-old Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party chief is lodged in a high-security jail in Rawalpindi since September 26 in various cases.

Main accused Khan and his 49-year-old wife Bushra Bibi were present during the hearing in the high security jail. Khan’s sisters Alima Khanum and Noreen Khanum were also present during the hearing, the report said.

Judge Bashir rejected the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) request to extend the former prime minister’s custody in the Al-Qadir Trust corruption case.

Instead, they sent the PTI chief on 14-day judicial remand, according to the report.

A senior official of the top anti-corruption watchdog told Dawn newspaper that the NAB team interrogated the former cricketer-turned-politician for more than two hours in Adiala jail on Sunday in the case.

Accountability Bureau officials have been visiting Adiala jail since November 15 to investigate Khan’s role in the case.

The Al-Qadir Trust case is about a settlement of 190 million pounds i.e. about Rs 50 billion, which was sent to Pakistan by Britain’s National Crime Agency after recovering money from a Pakistani property tycoon.

Khan, while prime minister at the time, had allowed the businessman to use the amount to partially settle a fine of about Rs 450 billion imposed by the Supreme Court a few years ago, instead of depositing it in the national treasury.

In return, the tycoon had reportedly gifted about 57 acres of land to a trust set up by Khan and Bushra Bibi for the establishment of Al-Qadir University in the Sohawa area of ​​Jhelum district of Punjab.

The notice served to the accused said the anti-corruption body has taken cognizance of the offenses of corruption and corrupt practices as defined under NAB laws.

“In return for this favour, Bahria Town Limited illegally and dishonestly gave material and monetary benefits in the form of 458 Kanals (57.25 acres) of land, Rs 285 million, buildings etc. to Al-Qadir University Trust in the guise of donation. of which you are one of the trustees and have signed the acknowledgment of donation with Bahria Town,” the previous NAB notice said to Bibi, who is also an accused in the case.

In the last hearing on Friday, the court had given four more days to the anti-corruption body to interrogate the former Prime Minister in the case.

Khan has been in jail since August 5, when he was arrested following his conviction in the Toshakhana corruption case. In September he was transferred from Attock jail to Adiala jail.

Khan was ousted through a no-confidence vote in April 2022. More than 150 cases have been registered against him since he was ousted from power.

(This report has been published as part of an auto-generated syndicated wire feed. Except for the headline, there have been no edits to the body by ABP Live.)

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