Wednesday, 17 July, 2019

Sharif's son offered me Rs500m bribe to resign, claims Pak judge

Pakistan: High Court orders removal of judge who convicted Nawaz Sharif after video leak Pakistan sacks judge accused of 'blackmail' in ex-PM Sharif case
Patty Aguilar | 13 July, 2019, 21:03

The Islamabad HC spokesperson said Malik's affidavit and letter have been made part of Sharif's acquittal plea.

He said that it was only after he refused to accept the lucrative bribes and give in to threats, the PML-N VP held the controversial presser where she released the "manipulated" videotapes, wherein, she had claimed, the judge had confessed to giving the verdict under pressure.

A senior Pakistani judge was sacked on Friday following a scandal over blackmail claims relating to the jailing of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on corruption charges, the law ministry said.

An interview of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz was "forcefully" taken off air within a few minutes of broadcasting, Dawn has reported. Legal experts said that a retrial in the corruption case was possible.

In a video released last week by Sharif's daughter Maryam, Justice Malik was purportedly seen confessing in a chat with a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader that he was under huge pressure from certain elements to convict the three-time premier in the graft case. The judge said that he denied the authenticity of any such video. According to sources, Chief Justice Farooq had summoned Malik three times and interrogated him regarding the video controversy. "If this is the case, how can a verdict by this judge be maintained", she asked.

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The IHC has the administrative control of the accountability courts in Islamabad.

Another video showing Justice Malik purportedly dancing on the beats of an election campaign song of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party was also leaked.

"Nasir Janjua claimed that he had the cash of equivalent of Rs100 million in Euros for me immediately available out of which the Euro equivalent of Rs20 million was laying in his vehicle parked outside", he said, adding that he denied the bribe while remaining committed to giving the verdict on merit. Pakistan law minister Farogh Nasim said at a press conference that no sentence can be overturned unless the HC finds the verdict was issued under duress by the accountability judge.

He said that he met the former premier at his Jati Umra residence on April 6, 2019, where he told Nawaz that the decision was on merit. In the letter, the judge of the accountability court II said that he had never been coerced into announcing verdicts. "However, when I spoke up, I politely tried to explain to Mian Nawaz Sharif that the conviction in the HME Reference was on merit and that there was substantial evidence adduced against him by the prosecution which had gone unrebutted in defence, whereas, in the Flagship reference he was acquitted because of the absence of the required level of evidence", the judge alleged in the affidavit.

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