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Panama Papers: Pakistani Supreme Court overturns Prime Minister Sharif
The Supreme Court in Pakistan has deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. After numerous allegations of corruption, the prime minister "disqualified himself as a member of parliament and thus no longer exercises the office of head of government", judged the judges in Islamabad and called on the anti-corruption authorities to continue investigations against Sharif.
Sharif initially does not want to oppose the decision. In a statement sent by his office on Friday, it is said that the Prime Minister resigned immediately after the decision of the five judges. But he had "strong reservations" about the judgment and would "use all the possibilities of the constitution and the law".
The judges' verdict is based on allegations and several legal proceedings against Sharif and members of his family in connection with tax evasion, money laundering and corruption. In a first trial before the Supreme Court in the spring, however, the five judges in the trial did not agree on the assessment of the alleged misconduct. Two judges had voted in favor of his dismissal, three against.
The judges then appointed an investigative commission that presented a hundreds of pages long report at the beginning of July. The inspectors come to the conclusion that there are "blatant gaps" in the evidence relating to the Sharif family's assets. There is a "significant disparity" between the reported wealth and known sources of income of Sharif and his family. The commission recommended legal action against the accused under a 1999 anti-corruption law.
The Sharif affair was triggered by the revelations of the so-called Panama Papers. In it, several newspapers around the world published details of around 200,000 letterbox companies from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, in which politicians, celebrities and athletes are said to have hidden their assets. The publication of the tax tricks sparked a worldwide investigation and debate about tax havens and money laundering.
In Pakistan, a prime minister can be removed from office if it is found he has hidden assets. Sharif had always rejected the allegations against him and denied that he had abused his office for enrichment. He attributes his fortune to his father, among other things.
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