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  1. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan had submitted two pleas to the anti-terrorism court seeking acquittal and exemption from appearance on February 15, 2018. Photo: Geo News file ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court on Friday rejected a petition filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan seeking exemption from appearance in violence cases related to 2014 sit-in. On February 15, Imran Khan's legal counsel had submitted two pleas to the anti-terrorism court seeking acquittal and exemption from appearance. His legal counsel had pleaded the court to take up the acquittal plea before the indictment of his client The PTI chief, who was issued summons on January 31, had appeared before the court at the last hearing. Judge Shahrukh Arjumand had heard the case regarding injuries sustained by SSP Asmatullah Junejo's in an attack in the Red Zone during the PTI-led sit-in. Imran had termed the cases 'undemocratic,' adding that holding a public gathering was not terrorism. The ATC judge had remarked that the cases will be handled according to law. The cases The anti-terrorism court is hearing four cases ? attack on the state television building, Parliament and Junejo ? against PTI and Pakistan Awami Tehreek leaders. In August 2014, Khan and Tahirul Qadri took to streets in Islamabad against alleged rigging in 2013 general elections and Model Town sit-in. The protest had continued for 104 days. During the sit-in, the protesters beat up SSP Asmatullah Junejo on Constitution Avenue when they attacked the Pakistan Television (PTV) headquarters and the parts of the Parliament. A case had been filed against Khan, Qadri and others for torturing SSP Junejo and five other police officers. The PTI chief had pleaded the court to transfer the cases to civil court howevr the request was rejected on December 11, 2017.
  2. Former PM Nawaz Sharif outside the accountability court hearing corruption references against him - File ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar once again rejected on Wednesday former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's plea to club the three corruption cases against him into one. Nawaz, disqualified by the Supreme Court on July 28 last year in the Panama Papers case, had filed a petition in the apex court seeking to merge the three National Accountability Bureau (NAB) references against him. That petition had been rejected by the Supreme Court registrar, after which Nawaz filed an appeal before the chief justice. Hearing the appeal in his chamber today, Chief Justice Nisar rejected the plea. Nawaz had first petitioned the apex court with the request on October 13. However, the registrar had rejected the petition, after which an appeal was filed with the chief justice. Nawaz petitions SC to again consider clubbing NAB references Nawaz in his petition stated that if a verdict is challenged, then the court has to restart proceedings on the matter Chief Justice Nisar, in an in-camera hearing on November 16, had dismissed the appeal. On Dec 2, Nawaz petitioned the Supreme Court to again consider the clubbing of the three references. The petition appealed to the apex court to consider the objections raised by the registrar and create a new bench to hear the petition. It had stated that if a verdict is challenged, then the court has to restart proceedings on the matter and pleaded the court to consider void its ruling on clubbing the references. NAB references CJP dismisses Nawaz Sharif's appeal on multiple references petition Former PM's plea had been rejected by the registrar office after which he appealed the decision In light of the Supreme Court's verdict, NAB filed three corruption references ? Al Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, Avenfield properties, and offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd ? against Nawaz and his family in the accountability court. The accountability court on November 8 had again dismissed Nawaz's plea seeking the clubbing of three references into one, which was later challenged in the Islamabad High Court. However, the appeal was dismissed by the high court as well. The petition Nawaz's petition, submitted in October last year, pleaded the Supreme Court to halt the accountability court proceedings of the three references against the Sharif family until a single reference is filed. Nawaz Sharif pleads SC to file one corruption reference instead of three Petition terms illegal filling of three similar corruption references; calls on SC to halt trials until single reference is filed The plea was filed by Nawaz's legal team under Article 184 (3) of the Constitution. It stated that Section 9 (a) (5) of the National Accountability Ordinance holds that the reference against possession of assets beyond known sources of income should be one and not spread over several references. The petition pleaded that the Supreme Court's July 28 direction to the NAB to file three corruption references be declared illegal. The petition added that holding of several trials based on one allegation is against the basic rights of the petitioners.
  3. BERLIN: Organisers of the Berlin International Film Festival on Wednesday declined a call to have movie stars walk a black, rather than red, carpet as a symbol of support for the campaign against sexual harassment in the industry. After January?s Golden Globes ceremony where people wore black on the red carpet to express solidarity with the movement, more than 21,000 people signed a petition calling for the carpet itself to change color at this year?s ?Berlinale?. But one day before the festival opened, its director, Dieter Kosslick, said he understood the reasons for the campaign but had decided against ?symbolic politics? and wanted to instead focus on events discussing sexual harassment. ?We?d like to use our activities to dive deeper into the #MeToo debate than a carpet would allow, so we don?t plan to put a black carpet down at the Berlinale,? Kosslick said. The festival had already announced a panel discussion on sexual harassment, a counseling corner and a seminar that will encourage women who have suffered harassment to speak up and seek ways to boost equality in the film industry. Kosslick said some films were cut from the program due to sexual abuse allegations against people involved but he has declined to name them. Around 400 films will be screened at the 68th Berlinale which opens with U.S. director Wes Anderson?s ?Isle of Dogs?, an animated tale of a boy searching for his pet at a garbage dump where a fictional city has exiled all of its dogs. Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Oscar nominee Greta Gerwig, who voice characters in the film, are due to appear at the festival that some fans say is otherwise lacking in star power. ?This year I don?t think there?s as many real highlights,? said Scott Roxborough of The Hollywood Reporter. ?Aside from the Wes Anderson film which everybody wants to see and everyone is excited about, there are very few big films, either big Hollywood movies or even big art house movies.? The festival, renowned for films with strong political agendas, includes ?Khook? (?Pig?), an Iranian film about a blacklisted director and ?U-July 22? about the 2011 massacre of young people on a Norwegian island by Anders Behring Breivik. Other films in contention include a Western comedy called ?Damsel? featuring Robert Pattinson, ?Transit,? a German film about a man fleeing Nazi-occupied France, and ?Dovlatov,? a portrait of the Russian writer Sergei Dovlatov. Tom Tykwer, a German director best known for his 1998 film ?Run Lola Run?, heads the jury that will decide which of the 19 movies in competition wins the Golden Bear for best film and who gets Silver Bears for acting and directing. The festival in the German capital runs until Feb. 25.
  4. A three-member bench of the commission will hear the case KARACHI: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has set Thursday for hearing on the plea of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Farooq Sattar against 12 lawmakers who have defected from the party. A three-member bench of the commission will hear the case. Sattar has requested the ECP to take appropriate action against the nine provincial and three National Assembly lawmakers, against whom the party?s Rabita Committee has already passed a resolution on October 20 last year, mandating appropriate legal action. MQM-P's Farrogh Naseem warns Sattar against any unconstitutional measure Naseem says that Sattar should refrain from indulging in any madness and should let the party work under law and constitution The lawmakers have joined Pakistan Sarzameen Party and Pakistan Peoples Party and also made public announcements about the same on media, the letter states. Lawmakers named in the plea include Sheikh Abdullah, Khalid Bin Vilayat, Dilawar Khan, Mehmood Razzaq, Irtiza Khalil, Nadeem Razi, Arif Maseeh, Bilquis Mukhtar. Iram Farooq Azeem and Salman Baloch are also named in the letter.
  5. Axact officials are facing a total of four cases, of which they have been acquitted in two. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) pleaded before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) today against a trial court's order acquitting all the accused in Axact fake degree case. Axact's counsel Raja Rizwan Abbasi and Deputy Attorney General Raja Khalid Mahmood presented arguments before a two-member bench comprising Justices Athar Minallah and Miangul Hasan Aurangzeb. Abbasi explained before the bench that the respondents did not get any summons for today and are thus not in court. Meanwhile, Mahmood pleaded the bench to nullify the suspect's acquittal as the additional district and sessions court judge had accepted receiving a bribe for exonerating the accused. The hearing was then adjourned until Feb 22 after the court sought a response on the current status of the judge. In October 2016, the additional district and sessions court hearing the case against the company in Islamabad had acquitted the accused for lack of evidence. SC orders expedited hearings SC orders SHC, IHC to decide on pending cases against Axact within weeks CJP took back order to place accused, including Shoaib Sheikh, on ECL after suspects assured they won't flee country Hearing the suo motu notice of the Axact scandal on February 9, the Supreme Court had ordered the Islamabad and Sindh high courts to wrap up the appeals against the suspects' acquittal within weeks. During the hearing, DG FIA Bashir Memon had informed the bench that the accused were exonerated in the fraud case in Islamabad, the appeal of which is pending in the IHC. The IHC registrar informed the bench that the appeal has been fixed for February 12. The chief justice then directed for the inclusion of Justice Aurangzeb in the one-member bench of Justice Minallah. The chief justice also inquired into the identity of the Islamabad trial court judge who exonerated the suspects and observed that there were rumours he had been bribed by the accused. The IHC registrar informed the bench of the identity of the judge ? Additional District and Sessions Judge Pervez-ul-Qadir Memon. Hearing this, the chief justice remarked that the judge appears to be a relative of the FIA DG, to which Memon said he?s embarrassed about his relations with the judge. The cour then ordered the IHC to wrap up the appeal in three weeks. The chief executive and senior officials of Axact, which claims to be the "world's largest IT company" but operates hundreds of fake online universities, were arrested on charges of fraud in May 2015 after an expose` in The New York Times. At present, of the total four cases registered against the company, the accused have been acquitted in two ? one in Islamabad and another in Karachi ? while one is under way in Karachi and the last, in Peshawar, is yet to start. Axact scandal: FIA appeals against acquittal of suspects in SHC The Sindh High Court has summoned the record of the case proceedings from the district and sessions court Similar appeal in SHC On Monday, the FIA filed a similar appeal in the Sindh High Court against the acquittal of Axact chief Shoaib Sheikh and other accused by a district court in the money laundering case against them. The two-member SHC bench issued a notice to the Axact chairman, its chief executive officer, and FIA to appear before it on February 15. Moreover, the court also summoned the record of the case proceedings from the district and sessions court that acquitted the accused. The FIA maintained in its petition that the district court did not take into account strong pieces of evidence of money laundering against the suspects. It added that Sheikh and his aides are on bail in the fraud case against them. The Supreme Court, on Feb 9, had directed the SHC to wrap up the case within three weeks.
  6. Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar (from right) at the Kashmir Day rally in Muzaffarabad on Monday. - Geo News ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court will hear today the plea of Maryam Nawaz and her husband MNA Capt (retd) Safdar challenging the accountability court's order allowing the recording of statements of two witnesses via video link. On February 2, the accountability court conducting corruption proceedings against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family approved the National Accountability Bureau?s (NAB) plea to record statements of two UK-based witnesses via video link. On Wednesday, Nawaz Sharif's daughter and son-in-law challenged the accountability court decision in the high court pleading that it be nullified. The NAB chairman and accountability court judge have been named respondents in the case. Avenfield reference: NAB allowed to record witness statements via video link NAB, in supplementary reference, sought to record statements of two UK-based witnesses in corruption case against former PM Nawaz, family NAB filed three corruption references against the Sharif family in September last year in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case. The references pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd, and Avenfield properties of London. In the Avenfield case, wherein Nawaz, daughter Maryam and son-in-law Safdar stand accused, NAB had submitted on January 22 a supplementary reference revealing new evidence and witnesses ? including two UK-based individuals. The counsels for Nawaz and Maryam had opposed the supplementary reference but the court allowed it. Supplementary Avenfield reference NAB files supplementary reference in Avenfield case The supplementary reference has fresh pieces of evidence against Nawaz and includes seven new prosecution witnesses On January 22, NAB filed in the accountability court a supplementary reference against Nawaz and four others in the Avenfield case. NAB informed the judge that the new supplementary reference which has fresh pieces of evidence against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader includes seven new prosecution witnesses, including two from the United Kingdom. Forensic expert Robert Radley and a close relative of Panama case Joint Investigative Team head Federal Investigation Agency Additional Director Wajid Zia, Akhtar Raja, will be witnesses in the case, while two other witnesses are affiliated with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Court rejects Sharifs' objections to NAB's supplementary Avenfield reference NAB filed three corruption references against the Sharif family in September last year in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case NAB informed that it has taken the initial statement from the witnesses based in the UK. The apex anti-corruption watchdog said that one of the witnesses belongs to a private media channel, while two others work under NAB. Moreover, it also informed the court that excerpts of TV interviews of Nawaz, Maryam, Hasan and Hussain are part of the fresh evidence.
  7. Former finance minister Senator Ishaq Dar. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: The accountability court hearing the assets reference against Senator Ishaq Dar reserved its ruling on the suspect's petition against the freezing of his assets on Wednesday. Dar, the former finance minister and close aide of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, is accused of possessing assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income. A reference was filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case. Dar had been earlier declared a proclaimed offender by the accountability court due to his continuous absence from the proceedings and his property and assets were also ordered to be seized. Advocate Qazi Misbah appeared on behalf of Dar and requested the court to dismiss its order of freezing and seizure of Dar's assets. NAB prosecutor Imran Shafique opposed the plea, arguing that the defendant should have approached the court within 14 days of the order which was not done. Ishaq Dar requests accountability court to unfreeze Hajvery Trust accounts Court issues notice to NAB seeking response over the petition Misbah responded that he received the order late otherwise swift response would have been conducted. Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir then reserved the verdict and will announce it on February 14. The next hearing of the assets reference case will be held on February 8, when two witnesses are expected to appear before the court and record their statements. On Jan 24, the court ordered unfreezing of Dar's Hajveri Trust bank account on welfare grounds. On January 10, Dar had petitioned the court stating that Hajvery Trust is an organisation for orphans, where 93 orphan boys and girls are being looked after and for their sake, the court must unfreeze the trust's bank accounts.
  8. Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: The accountability court conducting corruption proceedings against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family reserved on Friday its decision on the National Accountability Bureau?s (NAB) plea to record statements of two UK-based witnesses via video link. NAB filed three corruption references against the Sharif family in September last year in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case. The references pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd, and Avenfield properties of London. In the Avenfield case, wherein Nawaz, daughter Maryam and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar stand accused, NAB had submitted on January 22 a supplementary reference revealing new evidence and witnesses ? including two UK-based individuals. As today's hearing went underway, a request was submitted on behalf of Maryam and Nawaz to be exempted from the hearing today as the Pakistan Muslim League-N president Nawaz is in Karachi at present. Meanwhile, Safdar is present in court and marked his attendance. Court rejects Sharifs' objections to NAB's supplementary Avenfield reference NAB filed three corruption references against the Sharif family in September last year in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case As the proceedings began, NAB Deputy Prosecutor General Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi informed the court that the witnesses are unwilling to come to Pakistan on security concerns. The NAB prosecutor argued that there is no legal provision to force the production of a foreign witness. He also informed the court that the witnesses are willing to record their statements on Feb 6 and 7. Later, Maryam and Safdar's counsel Amjad Pervez presented his arguments against the NAB plea stating that his clients should also then be allowed to record statements via video links. The court then reserved its decision on the case. At the last hearing of the corruption cases on Jan 30, Nawaz's counsel Khawaja Harris had objected to the NAB's supplementary reference in the Avenfield case, arguing that there is nothing new in it. However, Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir turned down his request to dismiss the supplementary reference and approved it for hearing. Supplementary reference On January 22, NAB filed in the accountability court a supplementary reference against Nawaz and four others in the Avenfield case. NAB informed the judge that the new supplementary reference which has fresh pieces of evidence against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader includes seven new prosecution witnesses, including two from the United Kingdom. NAB files supplementary reference in Avenfield case The supplementary reference has fresh pieces of evidence against Nawaz and includes seven new prosecution witnesses Forensic expert Robert Radley and a close relative of Panama case Joint Investigative Team head, Federal Investigation Agency Additional Director Wajid Zia, will be the witnesses in the case, while two other witnesses are affiliated with the Ministry of Information. NAB informed that it has taken the initial statement from the witnesses based in the UK. The apex anti-corruption watchdog said that one of the witnesses belongs to a private media channel, while two others work under NAB. Moreover, it also informed the court that excerpts of TV interviews of Nawaz, Maryam, Hasan and Hussain are part of the fresh evidence.
  9. The accountability court is situated inside the Federal Judicial Complex. Photo: Geo News ISLAMABAD: Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir reserved on Wednesday the decision on former finance minister Senator Ishaq Dar's plea to reopen some of his frozen bank accounts. Dar, a close aide of Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif, is accused of possessing assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income. A reference against him was filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case. Dar, following his indictment, has been a no-show in the proceedings after he departed for London in October last year seeking medical treatment. Qazi Misbaul Hasan represented Dar in today's proceedings. NAB officials submitted their response to Dar's plea, after which the judge reserved his decision and adjourned the hearing until January 31. During the proceedings, the NAB prosecutor said that the social welfare organisation was misused, adding that the bureau however does not want the welfare of children to be affected. Dar's counsel informed the court that around Rs0.8 million to Rs1 million are the monthly expenses of the orphanage. "The children will be out on the streets if the accounts are not reopened," he contended. Hasan asked the judge for more time to peruse NAB's response to his petition. Ishaq Dar requests accountability court to unfreeze Hajvery Trust accounts Court issues notice to NAB seeking response over the petition On January 10, Dar had petitioned the court stating that Hajvery Trust is an organisation for orphans, where 93 orphan boys and girls are being looked after and for their sake, the court must unfreeze the trust's bank accounts. At the last hearing of the corruption case against Dar on January 22, three witnesses recorded their statements.
  10. Maryam Nawaz (left) and Capt Safdar. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) will hear today the National Accountability Bureau?s (NAB) plea challenging the removal of clauses related to submitting false documents from the charge-sheets of Mayram Nawaz and her husband in the Avenfield corruption reference. Maryam, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif?s daughter, and her husband MNA Capt (retd) Safdar, are accused, along with other family members, in the Avenfield properties reference filed by NAB in light of the Supreme Court?s Panama Papers case judgment. 'Calibri font' During a hearing of the reference on November 8, 2017, the accountability court had approved Maryam and Safdar's plea regarding removal of the 'Calibri font' reference in their indictment. Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir had ruled that the overall paragraph related to the Calibri font will remain in the indictment but ordered the removal of NAB law's section 3-A which lists punishment for the alleged crime. Nawaz Sharif?s plea to club references dismissed; former PM indicted in person Nawaz and his family are facing three corruption references filed by NAB in light of the Supreme Court's judgment in the Panama Papers case Maryam and Safdar had filed an application seeking a change in their indictment on the grounds that their charge-sheet mentions submission of a "false" document [wherein the Calibri font was used]. The application pleaded that the document cannot be considered false as the Supreme Court, in the Panama case judgment, had directed the trial court to first establish whether false documents were submitted and then take appropriate action. Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Safdar indicted in corruption cases The Sharif family is facing three corruption references filed by NAB in light of the Supreme Court's verdict in the Panama Papers case In its July 28 verdict, the Supreme Court had said: "In case the Accountability Court finds any deed, document or affidavit filed by or on behalf of the respondent(s) or any other person(s) to be fake, false, forged or fabricated, it shall take appropriate action against the concerned person in accordance with law." However, NAB, in January this year, had challenged the accountability court's order in the IHC. A division bench will take up the case today.
  11. ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court accepted for hearing on Thursday the Sharif family's plea against the Lahore High Court (LHC) decision ordering the shifting of their sugar mills out of South Punjab. In September last year, the LHC had ordered the mills, owned by members of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif's family, to move out of South Punjab. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Jahangir Tareen, a South Punjab-based businessman, had taken the Sharifs to court over the illegal shifting of their sugar mills to South Punjab despite a ban. During the hearing, the chief justice ordered Tareen?s counsel, Aitzaz Ahsan, to assure the court that Tareen's sugar mills will purchase the available sugarcane from farmers at the government rate. Ahsan stated in court that the area?s five sugar mills will buy the sugarcane from the farmers. The chief justice observed that farmers? interests are supreme and ordered to ensure that the farmers are paid fair and square by the mill owners. Chief Justice Nisar observed that he will personally monitor the process of the sugarcane purchasing, adding that he will hear the matter in his chambers if any complaints arise from farmers. Accepting the Sharif family's plea for hearing, the court adjourned the case until April 18. The court also rejected the Sharif family?s plea to issue a stay order against the LHC decision. The LHC decision In September last year, the LHC declared illegal the shifting of three sugar mills owned by the Sharif family. LHC declares illegal shifting of three sugar mills owned by Sharif family LHC Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah ordered for the sugar mills to be moved back in three months The bench, headed by LHC Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, ordered that the Ittefaq, Haseeb Waqas and Chaudhry sugar mills be moved back within three months. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader and JDW Sugar Mills owner Jahangir Tareen had challenged the shifting of the sugar mills. Tareen had said the mills, located in the South Punjab region, were shifted in violation of earlier court orders and the government?s own relocation policy of 2015. The LHC had reserved its verdict in the case in May 2017 after all the parties had concluded their arguments.
  12. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/ff0dd340d18c32d0893ceed1e6419255.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTIvMTYvMjAxNyAyOjQ3OjQ5IFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9bnk2bnJIZFlBLzRkUVc5NFFKa2dlQT09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leaders declared support for Jahangir Tareen?s review petition in the core committee session on Friday, a day after the Supreme Court disqualified him for life in the reference against him and party chief Imran Khan. The party held the session under party chairperson, where Secretary General Tareen tendered his resignation from post, according to a PTI press release. The party leaders decided to keep the party secretary post vacated until the Supreme Court takes a final decision on the review petition. The PTI leadership said it respected that Tareen tendered resignation on moral grounds. The party in the session criticized the National Accountability Bureau?s role in the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case, which the apex court dismissed. In the session, a core committee was constituted under Shah Mehmood Qureshi to devise future strategy. The committee will present its report next week to Imran on future strategy regarding the Hudaibiya Mills case. The PTI press release said that the party leadership declared that there is no comparision between Tareen?s case and that of ?corrupt, godfather, Sicilian mafia?. PTI Chairperson Imran Khan posted on Twitter, praising Tareen and his role in the party. The Supreme Court on Friday disqualified Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Secretary General Jahangir Tareen but ruled in favour of PTI Chairperson Imran Khan in its judgment on the disqualification case against the two party leaders. The chief justice ruled that Imran is not disqualified as a parliamentarian as the petitioner was not directly affected in the foreign funding case. The judgment states that Imran wasn't bound to declare his offshore company, declared his London flat in an amnesty scheme and that his former wife Jemima gave Imran the funds for buying the Bani Gala estate. However, the apex court disqualified Tareen under Article 62(1)(f) because of his blatant misstatement regarding the ownership of the Hyde House property and failure to declare it in his nomination papers.
  13. ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court rejected on Monday former prime minister Nawaz Sharif?s plea to club all his National Accountability Bureau references. On December 2, Geo News reported that the two-member bench, comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, will announce the verdict on December 4 (today). The verdict was reserved on November 23. Justice Aamer read out the short order today, and a detailed order will be issued later. Nawaz is facing three corruption references in the accountability court filed by NAB in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case which led to his disqualification. The accountability court on November 8 had again dismissed Nawaz's plea seeking the clubbing of three references into one, which was later challenged in the IHC. At the hearing on November 20, Nawaz's lawyer pointed out similarities between the Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment references, pleading that they be combined. Nawaz's counsel Azam Nazir Tarar argued before the two-member bench that the accountability court had noted the similarities between the references. IHC reserves decision on Nawaz's plea to club NAB references Prosecution and defence presented arguments, date to be announced in cause list He stated that the three individuals named as accused in both references are the same, adding that of the 13 witnesses in both references, six are the same. The lawyer told the bench that the accountability court had decided against clubbing the three references ? Avenfield, Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment ? without waiting for the IHC verdict on the matter. The bench then reserved its decision after hearing NAB's version on the matter. On November 14, the IHC had sent notices to NAB on the petition. Nawaz's petition pleads the IHC to direct the accountability court ?to frame one charge and conduct a single trial? against the Sharif family in the three corruption references.
  14. ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court will announce the verdict on former prime minister Nawaz Sharif?s plea to club all his National Accountability Bureau references today (Monday). On December 2, Geo News reported that the two-member bench, comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, will announce the verdict on December 4 (today). The verdict was reserved on November 23. The court has issued the cause list of three pleas of Nawaz Sharif. Nawaz is facing three corruption references in the accountability court filed by NAB in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case which led to his disqualification. The accountability court on November 8 had again dismissed Nawaz's plea seeking the clubbing of three references into one, which was later challenged in the IHC. At the hearing on November 20, Nawaz's lawyer pointed out similarities between the Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment references, pleading that they be combined. Nawaz's counsel Azam Nazir Tarar argued before the two-member bench that the accountability court had noted the similarities between the references. IHC reserves decision on Nawaz's plea to club NAB references Prosecution and defence presented arguments, date to be announced in cause list He stated that the three individuals named as accused in both references are the same, adding that of the 13 witnesses in both references, six are the same. The lawyer told the bench that the accountability court had decided against clubbing the three references ? Avenfield, Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment ? without waiting for the IHC verdict on the matter. The bench then reserved its decision after hearing NAB's version on the matter. On November 14, the IHC had sent notices to NAB on the petition. Nawaz's petition pleads the IHC to direct the accountability court ?to frame one charge and conduct a single trial? against the Sharif family in the three corruption references.
  15. US President Donald Trump on Saturday shrugged off the bombshell news that his former national security adviser has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and will cooperate with a special prosecutor leading a probe into Russian election meddling. Photo: AFP WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Saturday shrugged off the bombshell news that his former national security adviser has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and will cooperate with a special prosecutor leading a probe into Russian election meddling. As the Russia probe overshadowed his big win with Senate passage of landmark tax cuts, Trump again insisted he and his campaign had not colluded with Russia. But Trump also suggested he has been holding back something important regarding what he knew at the time of ex-security adviser Michael Flynn?s firing. Special prosecutor Robert Mueller?s focus goes beyond possible collusion with Russia to shady business dealings and whether Trump himself tried to thwart the investigation. "What has been shown is no collusion. There?s been absolutely no collusion. So we?re very happy," Trump told reporters Saturday as he prepared to leave for a day trip to New York. Trump said he was not worried by what Flynn, who pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about contacts he had with the former Russian ambassador, might tell Mueller. Trump also insisted that Flynn had done nothing wrong during the transition. And Trump said he had fired Flynn in February, just three weeks into the job, because he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence and the FBI about that those dealings. The revelation changes the timeline of the drama in a potentially dangerous way for Trump. At the time of Flynn?s dismissal, the White House acknowledged only that Flynn had lied to Vice President Mike Pence -- not to the FBI, too -- about his discussions with the diplomat over sanctions imposed by then-president Barack Obama against Russia for meddling in the election. "I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!" Trump wrote Saturday. Trump?s ties with Flynn have been under intense scrutiny since FBI director James Comey was fired by the president in May. Comey testified under oath before a Senate panel in June that a day after Flynn?s firing, Trump asked Comey to drop an investigation into the former national security director. A new timeline? If Trump?s new statement is accurate, it would mean that when he pressed Comey to drop the probe into Flynn, Trump already knew that Flynn had lied to Comey?s agency. A lingering part of the drama has been that after the White House learned through the Justice Department that Flynn lied to the White House about discussing sanctions with the ambassador, Trump still waited 18 days to fire him. Trump fired Comey in May and said he had the Russia probe in mind when he did it. The move backfired and led the Justice Department to appoint Mueller as the special prosecutor. The explosive new developments in the Russia probe have overshadowed the tax cuts approved Friday by the Senate in a push toward what would be Trump?s first major legislative victory. In an early morning Twitter post, Trump called the bill the biggest tax cut in US history and said his Republican Party would now work with the House of Representatives, which has passed its own tax bill, to produce a common version. Passage would mark a first major victory for Trump?s sputtering legislative agenda. "Thank you to House and Senate Republicans for your hard work and commitment!" Trump wrote. After a marathon session that stretched into the night, the chamber voted 51 to 49 in favour of the most significant US tax overhaul in 31 years. Both the Senate and House versions lower the corporate tax rate to 20 percent from 35 percent and include more modest tax cuts aimed at individuals across all income levels. Democrats argue that the plan is too expensive and will accommodate only the rich and that it could ultimately impact cherished US entitlement programs like Medicare. The Senate vote amounts to a reversal of fortune for Trump and Republican leaders, whose bill just 24 hours earlier was on the brink of collapse when a handful of Republican deficit hawks balked at the controversial plan?s $1.5 trillion price tag for 10 years. Trump hopes to sign a final bill before Christmas. That would be a sweet victory for the president, who has delivered on hardly any of his major campaign promises, including repealing the health care law known as Obamacare. Also this week, Trump engaged in an extraordinary, testy cross-Atlantic spat triggered by his retweeting of anti-Muslim videos posted by extremist far-right group in Britain. That prompted widespread outrage at home and abroad, and prompted British Prime Minister Theresa May to say that what Trump did was "wrong." Trump in turn answered by telling May to focus on her own country and the threat of terror instead of him.
  16. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/416e350337a8d876acab27ceb1d9c367.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTEvMjMvMjAxNyAxMjo1NDozMiBQTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPW53RDZCR1UwQmdTRzVaaVVGN0pqSHc9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Thursday reserved its decision on deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif's plea to combine the three National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) references against him. The hearing by the two-member bench, headed by Justice Amir Farooq, reserved its decision after hearing the arguments presented by the defence and prosecution. A cause list will be issued by the court announcing the date of the judgment at a later date. An accountability court on November 8 had dismissed Nawaz's plea seeking the clubbing of three references into one. The court had also formally framed charges against Nawaz in person, as previously his legal representative had appeared on his behalf for the indictment on October 19 and 20. Rejecting the charges in the three references and pleading not guilty, as his representative had done earlier, Nawaz had said in court that he was denied the right to a fair trial and his basic rights were not protected. On November 14, the IHC sent notices to NAB on Nawaz's petition challenging the accountability court's decision to dismiss his plea to club three corruption references against him into one. Nawaz had challenged the decision through his lawyer Azam Tarar, stating that the verdict was given in haste and the accountability court did not take into account the points in the earlier IHC verdict. The petition had pleaded the IHC to direct the accountability court ?to frame one charge and conduct a single trial? against the Sharif family in the three corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau. Nawaz and his family are facing three corruption references filed by the NAB in light of the Supreme Court's judgment in the Panama Papers case. Nawaz and his two sons, Hussain and Hasan, are nominated in all three references whereas his daughter Maryam and her husband are only accused in one.
  17. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/4e0331f60cebf8b5509cba02148cf9cf.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTEvMTQvMjAxNyA2OjQ5OjM3IEFNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9ZVNrbUg3NjRyNnVpRlF5aU1YMVFidz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has challenged the accountability court's decision to dismiss his plea to club three corruption references against him and his family into one. Nawaz has challenged the decision in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) through his lawyer Azam Tarar, stating that the verdict was given in haste and the accountability court did not take into account the points in the earlier IHC verdict. The petition pleads the IHC to direct the accountability court ?to frame one charge and conduct a single trial? against the Sharif family in the three corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau. The IHC should also suspend accountability court proceedings till the framing of a joint charge against the Sharifs, the petition requests. The petitioner has also requested the IHC to take up the plea as soon as possible and dismiss the trial court's order. The accountability court hearing corruption cases against Nawaz Sharif and his family dismissed his plea to club references on November 8. The plea was heard by the court on the orders of IHC, after initially dismissing the plea. Nawaz Sharif?s plea to club references dismissed; former PM indicted in person Nawaz and his family are facing three corruption references filed by NAB in light of the Supreme Court's judgment in the Panama Papers case The corruption references were filed by the NAB in light of the Supreme Court's judgment in the Panama Papers case. Nawaz and his two sons, Hussain and Hasan, are nominated in all three references whereas his daughter Maryam and her husband are only accused in one. Charges different in all cases: accountability court The detailed accountability court order dismissing the plea was issued on November 10, stating that the three references comprise different charges, as opposed to the petitioner's claim that the accusations are the same. The judge stated in his ruling that only two witnesses are common among the three references, denying another assertion by Nawaz in his petition. The judge also remarked that the petitioner wanted to make things easier for himself by getting the three references clubbed.
  18. ISLAMABAD: The detailed court order dismissing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's petition seeking to club the three corruption references against him into one was released on Friday. Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir released the nine-page order, which had earlier been delivered verbally during the hearing on November 8.
  19. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/d223ce00289549fccf96332a9daa6eb3.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTEvMTAvMjAxNyA3OjUzOjE3IEFNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9cVBBQjNUSHBoa0JILzJGNjdIWkpudz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] ISLAMABAD: A special court on Friday dismissed former Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan Chairman Zafar Hijazi's plea seeking acquittal from the Chaudhry Sugar Mills record tempering case. Hijazi was indicted two weeks ago at a Special Court. Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) maintained that the accused is involved in the tempering of Chaudhry Sugar Mills record. The former SECP chairman challenged the charge. A case was registered against Hijazi on the orders of the Supreme Court after the three-member Panama Papers case implementation bench acted on the JIT report. Record tampering case: former SECP chief Zafar Hijazi indicted During the hearing in the local court of special judge Iram Niazi, Hijazi pleaded not guilty Hijazi is accused of pressuring his subordinates to change dates on documents related to the sugar mills. Special Court Central Judge Irum Niazi rejected Hijazi's application on the reasoning that solid pieces of evidence are available to initiate the trial. The case is adjourned till November 29 and directed FIA to produce prosecution witnesses in the next hearing. Hijazi was arrested in the premises of the court by FIA on July 21 after the expiry of his bail before arrest. The FIA team had submitted a 28-page inquiry report to the Supreme Court on July 9, in which it had endorsed the stance of the joint investigation team probing the offshore assets of then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family in connection with the Panama Papers case. A lower court on July 17 had granted a five-day pre-arrest bail to Hijazi against two surety bonds worth Rs250,000 each after Hijazi filed for a pre-arrest bail as per Section 498 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Pakistan, citing medical grounds as the basis for the request.
  20. ISLAMABAD: A five-member bench of the Supreme Court dismissed on Tuesday the petition seeking to stay the Supreme Judicial Council's misconduct proceedings against Islamabad High Court Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui. The five-member bench headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmed and comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah has been constituted to hear into the case of the IHC judge, who is accused of misconduct but seeks an open trial after the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) had decided to try him in-camera. Through his petition, Justice Siddiqui had raised the fundamental question that there is no prescribed procedure available to conduct an inquiry or hold trial of a judge belonging to the superior judiciary. The available procedure, he insists, was introduced without any mandate from the Constitution or any other statute. Hearing Justice Siddiqui?s application seeking a stay of the SJC?s proceedings against him, the bench observed that it does not want to drag the case and seeks to dispose of it early. It then dismissed the plea seeking to stay the hearing and adjourned the case. Presently, though Justice Siddiqui challenges his in-camera trial, he does not seek the quashment of his reference. He wants an open trial. Justice Siddiqui?s case was previously heard on Nov 2 by a two-member bench comprising Justice Saeed and Justice Qazi Faez Isa. The bench had referred the matter to Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar for the formation of a larger bench for hearing. Justice Siddiqui had not only questioned the legality of the SJC?s procedures but found it in violation of Article 10A of the Constitution for denying an open and transparent trial. He said that he had a fundamental right to insist that an inquiry into his conduct be conducted publicly. In his petition, Justice Siddiqui referred to the SJC?s observation, ?It is on account of the sanctity of the institution and the dignity of the applicant and other judges whose matters are inquired by the SJC that in-camera proceedings are expedient?. It is in the larger interest of the judiciary that the proceedings are not conducted in open court, as the issues brought before the SJC and allegation levelled may ultimately be proved to be false, frivolous and vexatious.? In response to the above SJC?s observation, Justice Siddiqui not only quoted past SC judgments but also referred to the case of former CJP Justice (retd) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, who in 2007 successfully challenged the SJC?s proceedings and got an open trial. He added, ?The sanctity of no institution is protected by making its cloistered virtue. There is no greater protection than free speech and a free press for the independence of constitutional institutions.? In response to SJC?s observation that open trial may hurt the dignity of the petitioner, he said, ?The petitioner has nothing to hide, his dignity is not compromised if the proceedings are held in the open.? He added, ?It is not in the interests of the judiciary if the proceedings are held in-camera. It will damage the image of the institution. The very guardians of justice cannot deny their brethren the protection of a public hearing and due process.? He added, ?Due process of law required that a person be given a reasonable opportunity to defend himself. This is not guaranteed in a secret trial.? The IHC judge also reminded the apex court of its past judgment in which it was observed, ?Keeping in view the controversial background of the present case, needless to mention here, that open trial inspires public confidence in the judicial process while in-camera proceedings give rise to suspicions and misgivings in the mind of common man?.? Justice Siddiqui also pointed out the present accountability process for the judges did not contain any provision of appeal or revision. He noted, ?The inquiry conducted by the SJC and the conclusion it reaches once it completes this inquiry culminates in report to the president. This report is either adverse or favourable. If it is favourable, the proceedings end. If it is adverse, it results in a judge?s removal from his constitutional office. A negative report not only strips the judge of office and pensionary rights and benefits but also tars his reputation forever.? He added, ?Second, no appeal, revision or review lies against an adverse report. A judge adversely affected if left without a remedy. The president plays no effective role in the matter. He can neither sit in appeal over the adverse report nor can follow it.? He said that such a denial of appeal or revision is both unconstitutional and un-Islamic. Questioning the SJC?s procedure, he said, ?The procedure provided in the Supreme Judicial Council Procedures of Inquiry, 2005 thereto speaks for itself. A SCN (show cause notice) is issued to a judge. The judge responds to it and the SJC convenes its meeting. It issues notice to the AGP or in his absence a senior counsel who becomes the prosecutor against the judge. Evidence is led. Witnesses are summoned. They are examined and cross-examined. It is, therefore, submitted that the proceedings before the SJC albeit named inquiry are in fact a trial.? He added that the Constitution has not granted the SJC the powers to create a procedure for its conduct. ?No law provides it this power. The SJC Procedure of Inquiry, 2005 is created by the SJC. It has neither any constitutional nor statutory cover.? He said that the SJC procedure is ultra vires the Constitution in so far as it violates the basic fundamental rights of the petitioner. Some other legal experts also have reservations about the working of the SJC. Additional input from The News
  21. Islamabad High Court ISLAMABAD: A divisional bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) will resume hearing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's plea seeking to stop the indictment proceedings against him in an accountability court. At the last hearing on October 25, the IHC bench comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani and Justice Aamer Farooq issued notices to the federal government over the petition and adjourned the case until November 2 (today). Nawaz, through his representative Zafir Khan, has submitted three petitions in the IHC challenging the accountability court?s October 19 decision to indict him in the Avenfield properties and Azizia Steel Mills reference. He was indicted in the third and last ? Flagship Investment Ltd ? reference on October 20. The accountability court is hearing corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau against Nawaz and his family members, as well as Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, in light of the Supreme Court's order in the Panama Papers case. In his petition, Nawaz has pleaded the IHC to declare the October 19 decision illegal and order the accountability court to combine the three references against him into one. IHC seeks response from federal government on Nawaz's plea against corruption indictment Former PM pleads court to halt accountability court proceedings until three references are merged into one He has also pleaded that there should be one trial on one charge instead of separate cases. At the last hearing of the accountability court on October 26, Nawaz's counsel Khawaja Harris informed the judge that his client has challenged the indictment in the IHC which will hear the case on Nov 2 (today). The judge remarked that Harris should plead his client's case on November 2 and then adjourned the accountability court hearing until November 3 (Friday). Similar plea in Supreme Court On October 13, the former prime minister filed a similar plea in the Supreme Court seeking the quashing of 'concurrent' corruption references against him. Nawaz Sharif pleads SC to file one corruption reference instead of three Petition terms illegal filling of three similar corruption references; calls on SC to halt trials until single reference is filed The plea asked the Supreme Court to halt the accountability court proceedings of the three references against the Sharif family until a single reference is filed. The plea, filed by Nawaz's legal team under Article 184 (3) of the Constitution, states that Section 9 (a) (5) of the National Accountability Ordinance holds that the reference against possession of assets beyond known sources of income should be one and not spread over several references. The petition is yet to be taken up by the apex court. The references The NAB has in total filed three references against the Sharif family and one against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the accountability court, in light of the Supreme Court's orders in the Panama Papers case verdict of July 28. Court approves Maryam, Safdar's bail; separates cases of Nawaz's sons The hearing has been adjourned until Oct 13 when Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar are expected to be indicted The anti-graft body was given six weeks, from the date of the apex court's order, to file the reference in an accountability court while the accountability court was granted six months to wrap up the proceedings. The references against the Sharif family pertain to the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, their London properties and over dozen offshore companies owned by the family. Court approves Maryam, Safdar's bail; separates cases of Nawaz's sons Maryam and Safdar are only nominated in the London properties reference. At an earlier hearing, the court also approved Maryam and Safdar's bail in the Avenfiled properties case and ordered them to submit surety bonds worth Rs5 million each. Safdar was also directed to take the court's permission before leaving the country from now on. The judge also provided a copy of the reference ? spread over 53 volumes ? to Maryam and Safdar. NAB's Rawalpindi branch prepared two references regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, and the nearly dozen companies owned by the Sharif family. Its Lahore branch prepared a reference on the Sharif family's Avenfield apartments in London and another against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for owning assets beyond his known sources of income. If convicted, the accused may face up to 14 years imprisonment and lifelong disqualification from holding public office including the freezing of bank accounts and assets.
  22. Sindh High Court. Photo: File KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Wednesday once again rejected the bail plea of former Sindh Assistant Inspector General of Police (Finance) Syed Fida Hussain Shah on charges of alleged embezzlement of Rs70 million from police funds. Moreover, the bench headed by SHC Chief Justice Justice Ahmed Ali Shaikh directed the trial court to a give decision on the case in three months. Corruption charges: NAB seeks inquiry against ex-AIG Fida Hussain Shah NAB said that there are irrefutable proofs against Shah for embezzling funds, allocated for the food and other such necessities for personnel deputed on special duties The Supreme Court and Sindh High Court had earlier rejected the suspects' bail before arrest pleas in separate cases. In another case, Supreme Court rejected Shah?s bail petition in a reference alleging Shah's involvement in a Rs 50 million scam. The reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau against Shah alleged that he generated bogus bills to get huge funds in name of fuel allowance for vehicles of the Sindh Police. Earlier, in June 2017, Fida Hussain escaped from the Sindh High Court premises after his request for bail was rejected.
  23. ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Saturday constituted a larger bench to hear the petition seeking disqualification of Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf?s Usman Dar submitted a plea in the IHC regarding the former defence minister?s dismissal from post. The court, giving an initial verdict, said that the matter has been referred to Chief Justice for the constitution of larger bench. It was learnt that the CJ IHC has formed a larger bench which will hear the case on Sept 26. The larger bench consists of Justice Amir Farooq, Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani and Justice Mian Gul Hasan Aurangzeb. PTI?s Dar had filed the petition against Asif on the basis of his Iqama. Responding to the allegations, Asif had earlier said the salary he received through the Iqama had been declared with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and Federal Bureau of Revenue for the last 27 years. Dar, who lost the 2013 General Elections to Asif in the NA-110 constituency, said Asif did not declare his Iqama [contract] and employment with the company in the nomination papers he filed with the ECP.
  24. Wayne Rooney STOCKPORT, UK: Former England captain Wayne Rooney was on Monday banned from driving for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to drink driving. The Everton forward was stopped by police when driving a woman´s black Volkswagen Beetle at 2:00 am (0100 GMT) on September 1, while his pregnant wife and their three sons were on holiday. Rooney apologised for his "unforgivable lack of judgement" after his guilty plea at Stockport Magistrates´ Court in the northwest of England. "Following today´s court hearing I want publicly to apologise for my unforgivable lack of judgement in driving while over the legal limit. It was completely wrong," he said in a statement. "I have already said sorry to my family, my manager and chairman and everyone at Everton FC. Now I want to apologise to all the fans and everyone else who has followed and supported me throughout my career. "Of course I accept the sentence of the court and hope that I can make some amends through my community service." Earlier, Rooney, 31, made no comment as he was confronted by a media scrum outside the court. Wearing a blue suit with his hands in his pockets, he walked into the court building accompanied by a small entourage. He has been married to his high-school sweetheart Coleen since 2008 and they are expecting their fourth child. Everton manager Ronald Koeman said earlier this month the matter would be dealt with "internally". Rooney was given a warm welcome at Old Trafford on his return to former club Manchester United on Sunday but it ended in disappointment with a 4-0 defeat for Everton. Rooney made a successful start to his second Everton spell following his return to the club from United, scoring on his first two Premier League appearances. His form moved England manager Gareth Southgate to offer him an international recall, but he decided to call time on his England career. Everton are currently 18th in the Premier League after three successive defeats.
  25. The Supreme Court of India NEW DELHI: India´s Supreme Court on Monday began hearing a plea challenging a government decision to deport up to 40,000 Muslim Rohingya who have fled Myanmar, a lawyer said. The petition was filed on behalf of two Rohingya living at a refugee camp in New Delhi since escaping Myanmar, where a military crackdown since August 25 has led to more than 400,000 Rohingya taking refuge in Bangladesh. The challenge came after India´s junior home minister Kiren Rijiju said last month the government would expel all Rohingya, even those registered with the United Nations. According to media reports, the government will argue that the Rohingya are a security threat who could aid terrorists. The Rohingya have denied any link with extremist groups. Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, representing the Rohingya, said the Indian constitution "provides equal rights and liberty to every person", including non-citizens. The United Nations says there are 16,000 registered Rohingya in India. But many more are undocumented. Aid group warns of death among Rohingya in Bangladesh Bangladesh has for decades faced influxes of Rohingya fleeing persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar About 7,000 Rohingya live in shanties in India´s Jammu region in the Himalayas. They say they have faced hostility from the majority Hindu community there. Mohammad Salimullah, one of the petitioners, said the authorities had always been helpful in New Delhi so he was hopeful the court would back the refugees. "In the five or six years that we have been here, we have never felt that we are foreigners here nor have we ever felt any kind of fear," Salimullah told AFP ahead of the case. The Rohingya have been leaving mainly Buddhist Myanmar -- where the government calls them illegal migrants and refuses them nationality -- in steady numbers for years before the military crackdown last month that opened the floodgates. While Bangladesh has been the main destination, some have ended up in neighbouring India and Nepal. There are also some in Pakistan.