Wednesday 23 May 2018

Arrest warrant issued for former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif

In this June 15, 2017 photo, Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif waves outside the office of the Joint Investigation Team, in Islamabad, Pakistan. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
In this June 15, 2017 photo, Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif waves outside the office of the Joint Investigation Team, in Islamabad, Pakistan. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A Pakistani judge has issued an arrest warrant for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif after he failed to appear in court to face corruption charges.

Judge Mohammad Bashir rejected a request from Sharif's lawyer that he be exempted from court appearances in order to remain in London where his wife is getting medical treatment.

The judge scheduled the next hearing in the case on November 3. Under Pakistani law, Sharif can be arrested as soon as he returns from abroad unless he is granted bail before the next hearing.

Sharif, who has been indicted in three corruption cases over concealing assets abroad, has skipped several court hearings so far.

The 67-year-old resigned in July after the Supreme Court disqualified him from office over corruption charges.

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