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More people involved in graft to be brought to book: Fawad

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Friday said more such people would be rounded up who have been involved in financial embezzlement, ARY News reported. "The government is completely disinterested in this case. It has nothing to do with arrest of Shehbaz Sharif. All these cases were registered before the incumbent government's coming into power," he said while talking to media in Islamabad about arrest of the former chief minister Punjab and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president.  The…

Ex-Comoros president charged with graft in connection to passports scheme

MORONI: Ex-Comoros president Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi has been formally charged with corruption and embezzling public funds in connection with a scheme to sell his country’s passports, according to the prosecutor and court documents. Sambi, who had previously been questioned and placed under house arrest, will also be officially detained to prevent him from fleeing the country or undermining investigations by communicating with others accused of involvement in the scheme. A lawyer for Sambi said he was being held…

Nawaz, Maryam return to face graft trial

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz arrived in the federal capital from London late on Sunday night to appear in an accountability court to stand trial for corruption charges. Sharif along with his daughter and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar will appear before the court today when it resumes hearing of the Avenfield properties case against the Sharif family. On April 20, the accountability court in Islamabad rejected an application filed by Sharif and his daughter seeking…

Saudi Arabia graft suspects were physically abused: report

RIYADH: Prominent Saudi Arabians held in what Riyadh dubbed an anti-corruption campaign were subjected to coercion and physical abuse, the New York Times reported Monday, describing fear and uncertainty even after their release. The newspaper said at least 17 detainees were hospitalised after facing abuse, while a Saudi general later died in custody with what witnesses said appeared to be a broken neck. Many of the 381 suspects, including princes, ministers and tycoons, remain under military surveillance and some have…

Saudi attorney general says 56 graft suspects still held

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian attorney general Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb said on Tuesday that 56 corruption suspects were still in custody out of 381 high-profile figures detained on graft allegations. He said he has decided to release all those proven not guilty and others who had agreed financial settlements with the government after admitting to corruption allegations. Mojeb also said that total settlements with the suspects had topped 400 billion riyals ($107 billion) in various forms of assets including property, securities…

Saudi Arabian minister ‘resumes work’ after graft detention

RIYADH: A Saudi Arabian minister who was detained in a sweeping anti-government probe at a Riyadh hotel attended a cabinet meeting on Tuesday after he was proven innocent, media reported. The official Saudi Press Agency posted on its Twitter account pictures of Saudi King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the minister, Ibrahim Assaf, at the meeting. Saudi newspaper Sabq, which is close to the government, said that Assaf "resumed work" on Tuesday after being "recently proven innocent and leaving the…

Turkey detains 17 in graft case as Erdogan denounces US plot

ANKARA: Turkey has detained 17 suspects in an investigation into a Turkish-Iranian gold trader who was once a close ally of the government but is now testifying against officials as a star witness in a high profile US case, sate media said on Tuesday. Reza Zarrab is giving evidence in a New York trial over alleged subversion of US economic sanctions against Iran that has implicated former Turkish ministers and even President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan has rubbished the accusations and on Tuesday said that the case…