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NAB exonerates Asif Zardari from SGS-Cotecna references

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National Accontability Bureau (NAB) acquitted Former president Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday in the SGS-Cotecna references.

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Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir reserved the decision on November 11 following both parties conclusion of arguments over acquittal applications of the former president in the SGS-Cotecna corruption cases against him.

SGS – a Swiss inspection, verification, testing and certification company – corruption case is the continuance of a reference registered back in 1997 accusing former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and her husband to having gained off a contract between the SGS and the government.

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“The court today, has honourably acquitted Asif Ali Zardari, in 18-year-old reference cases for which he had spent eight years in prison,” Farooq H Naek, the counsel for the former president said at the time of talking to media.

Naek also reiterated that the real record of both references was absent and only photocopies were there in front of the court. He said that in such situation, the case could not be forwarded and Zardari should be acquittal.

Morover, the former deputy chairman NAB Hassan Waseem Afzal stated earlier that he himself had gone to Switzerland and brought back the genuine record of the SGS reference and filed it in the Lahore High Court.

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