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Court grants bail to former PM Gilani in 12 corruption cases

Updated June 17, 2014

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Former commerce minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim (L) and former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani (R). — File photo
Former commerce minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim (L) and former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani (R). — File photo

KARACHI: A federal anti corruption court in Karachi on Tuesday granted bail to former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani in 12 corruption cases, DawnNews reported.

A large number of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) workers and leaders had gathered outside the court and chanted slogans on the occasion of today's hearing.

At the onset of the hearing, party workers and members forced themselves into the court as a result of which the hearing was carried out in the judge’s chamber.

During the hearing, Gilani said that he was hopeful of receiving justice from the court.

The ex-premier said he and his party always respected the judiciary and would continue doing so in future.

The ACC granted bail to Gilani in 12 corruption cases until July 10. It, however, issued a bailable arrest warrant for former commerce minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim until July 10.

The former prime minister and Fahim are accused for their alleged involvement in a case pertaining to Rs7 billion corruption in the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP). Gilani and Fahim, along with former and serving officials of the TDAP had been booked for their alleged involvement in approval and disbursement of fraudulent trade subsidies.

The case in this regard had been registered by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) when Faheem was the commerce minister.