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Zardari Pardons Convicted Rehman Malik

LAHORE: President Asif Ali Zardari has pardoned his close aide and Federal Minister for Interior Rehman Malik whose three-year imprisonment in corruption cases was restored earlier today by Lahore High Court, ARY NEWS reported.

A bench of Lahore High Court on Monday dismissed an appeal by Interior Minister against his conviction in two corruption references by an accountability court and restored a three-year imprisonment awarded to him.

“President Asif Ali Zardari has granted pardon to Rehman Malik under the authority conferred upon him by the Article 45 of the Constitution,” presidential spokesman Farhatullah Baber was quoted as saying in the media.

The accountability court had sentenced Malik to a three-year imprisonment in each of the two NAB references. He was accused of receiving two luxury cars as graft and taking away 20-tola and Rs 700,000 from the house of an accused during a raid by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in mid 1990s. He was then assistant director of FIA.

A two-member bench of the Lahore High Court comprising Chief Justice Khawaja Mohammad Sharif and Justice Waqar Hasan Mir dismissed Malik’s plea and restored the sentence after he failed to appear in the court.

Malik is out of the country and there were unconfirmed reports that he may not return till the matter is settled, as the legal experts were of the view that Malik can be arrested under the law after the court upheld of his imprisonment.

After the Supreme Court scrapped the controversial National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) last December, the two cases against Rehman Malik in which he was sentenced for a three-year-long imprisonment each were reopened in the accountability court.

NRO was issued by Gen Pervez Musharraf in 2007 to over 8,000 people, including President Asif Ali Zardari.

Malik had filed a petition in the High Court against the Accountability Court’s ruling, following which the court had suspended the rulings of the accountability court (against him) and granted him bail.

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