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Apr 20, 2017 | 09:49 GMT

Pakistan: Top Court Says More Evidence Needed To Remove Sharif Over Panama Papers Allegations

Pakistan’s Supreme Court on April 20 ruled that there was insufficient evidence to remove Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office on corruption allegations stemming from leaks published in the so-called Panama Papers in 2016, NDTV and Reuters reported. However, the court ordered the Joint Investigation Team, consisting of officials from different agencies, including military intelligence, to continue its probe into the allegations and to submit a report within 60 days. The allegations against the prime minister center around some 11.5 million documents leaked from the Panama-based Mossack Fonseca law firm and published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. The leaks appear to show that three of Sharif’s children — including his daughter and presumptive political heir, Maryam — owned offshore holding companies used to hide real estate purchases in London. Offshore funds are a persistent problem for governments.
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