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Huawei CFO to appear in Canada court as Chinese media slam arrest

VANCOUVER/TORONTO: A top executive of China’s Huawei who is under arrest in Canada is set to appear in a Vancouver court on Friday for a bail hearing as she awaits possible extradition to the United States. Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, 46, who is also the daughter of the company founder, was arrested on Dec. 1 at the request of the United States. The arrest, revealed by Canadian authorities late on Wednesday, was part of a US investigation into an alleged scheme to use the global banking system to evade US sanctions against…

Accountability court extends Shehbaz Sharif’s physical remand till Dec 6

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Wednesday extended physical remand of former chief minister Punjab, Shehbaz Sharif, till December 6, on request of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Ashiana Housing scheme scandal, ARY News reported. During hearing of the case today, NAB prosecutor told the court that a few ‘mysterious bank transactions’ were found linking to Shehbaz Sharif during probe of the case. He further said that transit remand of Sharif hampered probe into the case in the recent days.…

Court restrains NAB from arresting Saad Rafique, brother until Dec 5

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday granted extension in interim bail of former railways minister, Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Khawaja Salman Rafique, in a corruption case until December 5, ARY News reported. The extension was ordered by the LHC Judge Justice Tariq Abbasi. The petitioner, who is the ex-minister himself, claimed in his plea that he was not involved in any corruption and cooperated with the probe team to the core. He requested the court to accept extension in pre-arrest bail. Deputy…

Nawaz Sharif testifies in Al-Azizia corruption reference

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif arrived at the accountability court this morning and testified in the Al-Azizia corruption reference hearing, ARY News reported. Judge Arshad Malik is chairing the proceedings of the case. Nawaz Sharif has been given a questionnaire comprising 50 questions related to the Al-Azizia corruption case. His lawyer during the court proceedings yesterday sought further time so his client could prepare to answer the queries. Mr Sharif began recording his statement in the…

Accountability court extends Shehbaz Sharif’s remand by 14 days

LAHORE: The accountability court on Saturday approved 14-day extension in physical remand of former chief minister Punjab, Shehbaz Sharif, as requested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Ashiana Housing scheme case, ARY News reported. During the hearing today, the accountability watchdog requested extension in physical remand of Sharif, stating that it couldn’t ‘properly’ investigate the former CM because of his frequent participation in the assembly sessions after his production orders were issued. The NAB…

Turkish court says US pastor Brunson can go free

ALIAGA, Turkey: A Turkish court ruled on Friday that the American evangelical Christian pastor at the center of a row between Ankara and Washington could go free, a move that could be the first step toward mending ties between the NATO allies. The court sentenced Andrew Brunson to three years and 1-1/2 months in prison on terrorism charges, but said he would not serve any further jail time. The pastor, who has lived in Turkey for more than 20 years, was put in prison two years ago and has been under house arrest since…

Court mulls death penalty for killer who forgot crime

WASHINGTON: US Supreme Court justices, delving into the issue of ageing prisoners with dementia, struggled on Tuesday over whether a convicted Alabama murderer should be spared the death penalty because strokes have erased his memory of committing the crime. Vernon Madison, 68, was convicted and sentenced to death for fatally shooting a Mobile police officer in 1985. During an hour of arguments, the justices heard from both Alabama and Madison’s attorney that severe cognitive decline could preclude a state from…

Nawaz, Maryam could be released on parole to attend Kulsoom’s funeral

LAHORE: Incarcerated former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and her spouse capt (retd) Safdar are expected to be released on parole  to attend funeral ceremony of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz in Lahore, ARY News reported. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif met them at the Adiala Jail and discussed arrangement's for Kulsoom's burial. Begum Kulsoom is expected to be buried at the ancestral graveyard at Jati Umrah residence in Raiwind. 'Parole for 12 hours' Information Minister…

SHC orders formation of JIT over May 12 carnage

KARACHI: Sindh High Court on Tuesday ordered formation of a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe May 12 riots in Karachi, ARY News reported. According to ARY News correspondent, the SHC bench hearing the case  also ordered formation of a judicial tribunal for investigation into the hours-long riots on the day, which claimed scores of lives. On May 12, 2007, around 50 people were killed and over 100 wounded in attacks on rallies of different political parties and the legal fraternity, who had attempted to receive the…