LAHORE: Pakistani media mogul Mir Shakilur Rehman, was arrested on charges of illegally obtaining government land here more than three decades ago when Nawaz Sharif, the chief minister of the Punjab province, was sent to prison under judicial detention after the country’s anti-corruption body did not seek detainees Furthermore.
Mir Shakilur Rahman, editor-in-chief of the Jang group who owns several widely circulated Pakistani newspapers and Geo television networks, was arrested on March 12 by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and held until April 28.
The accountability court on Tuesday sent Rehman to jail for judicial detention until May 12 after prosecutors said the NAB no longer needed it to be investigated, Dawn News reported.
The charges against Rehman related to the purchase of several parcels of land in Lahore go back to 1986 when Sharif was the chief minister of the Punjab province.
The NAB accused Sharif of allowing Rahman to illegally acquire more government land than was permitted by law.
On April 27, the anti-corruption body issued an arrest warrant for former prime minister Sharif who was fought in a land corruption case.
Supremo is 70 years old from the Pakistan-Nawaz Muslim League, currently in London for medical treatment.
According to NAB officials, Sharif illegally leased the land to Rehman.
At the start of Rehman’s detention hearing on Tuesday, NAB Special Prosecutor Asim Mumtaz told the court that he could not be brought to trial because he was being treated in a private hospital because of poor health.
He also submitted the hospital medical certificate to the court.
The prosecutor asked the court to send the suspect to court because the bureau no longer needed it to be investigated.
However, Chief Judge Jawadul Hassan expressed displeasure with the bureau for not presenting suspects before the court and also refusing to entertain medical certificates from private hospitals, the daily reported.
Then, NAB took Rehman to court by ambulance from the hospital.
The prosecutor asked the court to allow Rehman to stay in hospital during trial detention.
The judge refused the request and observed that NAB itself had the power to guard detainees who were still being tried at the hospital.
Judge Hassan entrusted Rehman detention to the district prison supervisor with directions to produce it on May 12.
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