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£190m case indictment of Imran, wife deferred again

During hearing at Adiala Jail Friday, court postponed the indictment without any proceedings until February 27

By Our Correspondent
February 24, 2024
Pakistan´s former Prime Minister, Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi at the Lahore High Court in Lahore on July 17, 2023. — AFP
Pakistan´s former Prime Minister, Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi at the Lahore High Court in Lahore on July 17, 2023. — AFP

ISLAMABAD: Accountability Court Judge Nasir Javed Rana has rescheduled the indictment of former prime minister Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi in the £190 million reference case until February 27.

During the hearing at Adiala Jail Friday, the court postponed the indictment without any proceedings until February 27.

The court granted Imran Khan’s request to meet his wife and instructed the National Accountability Bureau to provide two copies of the reference to the defence counsel.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had initiated an investigation against Imran Khan, his wife, and others regarding the alleged acquisition of hundreds of canals of land under the name of Al Qadir University Trust, resulting in a reported loss of 190 million pounds to the exchequer.

It was alleged that the former prime minister and other defendants had adjusted Rs50 billion, equivalent to 190 million pounds at the time, which was sent by Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) to the government.

Imran Khan had established the Trust for the Al-Qadir University Project on December 26, 2019.

Bushra has been under house arrest at her husband’s Bani Gala mansion, which has been declared a sub-jail, in Islamabad since January 31.

The Pakistan Tehreek Insaf announced: “Bushra Bibi has been brought to Adiala Prison from Bani Gala sub-prison for the £190 million case trial.”

While the party had initially stated that the indictment was imminent, it informed the media in the afternoon that it would occur on February 27.