On Friday, a court in Islamabad took action in response to recent amendments to the country’s accountability law by returning the major money laundering case and other charges against PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari and his co-accused to the anti-graft body.
The hearing for the money laundering case involving the former president and other suspects took place in an accountability court located in the nation’s capital.
In total, the court decided to send four references back to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Accountability Judge Muhammad Bashir rendered this decision after listening to arguments presented by the involved parties during the proceedings.
During the hearing, Zardari’s attorney, Farooq Naek, and NAB prosecutors appeared before the court.
Naek informed the judge that, in light of the amendments to the National Accountability Ordinance, the case no longer fell under the jurisdiction of his court.
He further explained that the accountability court was no longer authorized to conduct a trial pertaining to this reference.