SC rejects NAB appeal against acquittal of PML-N leader Chaudhry Sher Ali – Pakistan

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the request of the National Office of Responsibility (NAB) against the acquittal of the leader of PML-N and the former mayor of Faisalabad, Chaudhry Sher Ali, in a case against him.

A three-member bank of the main court headed by the President of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Asif Saeed Khosa, said the accountability control body was unsuccessful in presenting a case against Ali.

Khosa Supreme Court President said a link between the suspect and the people whose lands were allegedly illegally assigned by him could not be proven.

He said that not even a witness had said that they had recorded their statements under Ali's duress, and added: "If the NAB witnesses themselves say this, why does the suspect need a defense team?"

"The suspect's job is to prove his assets. It is the NAB's responsibility to prove assets that do not belong to the suspect," said the president of the court.

During the process, the NAB prosecutor said Ali had made illegal assignments. However, the president of the court replied: "Being the mayor does not mean that everything is wrong [done while he was mayor] will put in your account. He was mayor in 1983 and the case was formed in 2000 ".

In 2002, a Rawalpindi court sentenced Ali to five years of rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs100 million on charges of accumulation of movable and immovable property through corruption through his public office. He had also been disqualified to hold any public office or request a financial installation of a state-controlled DFI for a period of 10 years.

In another case, he was sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs20 million.

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1512476/sc-rejects-nab-appeal-against-acquittal-of-pml-n-leader-chaudhry-sher-ali

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