POSTED AT 07:29 AM 04-11-2017
Sharif in Pakistan for court hearing
This photo released by the Pakistan Muslim League shows ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as he arrives to Punjab house, a PML party residence, in Islamabad on Thursday.
PAKISTAN: Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif appeared in court on Friday, a day after returning from overseas to face corruption allegations that saw him ejected from office and targeted with an arrest warrant.
In a brief hearing in Islamabad, Sharif paid two surety bonds of five million rupees ($48,000) each before leaving under tight security, his lawyer Khawaja Haris told AFP.
The court is set to reconvene on November 7.
The former premier, who was forced out by the Supreme Court in July over a scandal kindled by the Panama Papers leak, had been facing an arrest warrant for failing to appear at hearings since early October.
He has spent most of the time since in London, where his wife is receiving treatment for cancer.
The claims against the prime minister stemmed from the Panama Papers leak last year, which sparked a media frenzy over the luxurious lifestyles and high-end London property portfolio owned by his family.
Sharif and his supporters have denied the allegations and hinted at a political conspiracy driven by the powerful military.
"I am going to Pakistan despite (my wife's) chemotherapy to appear in a bogus case," he told media in London before departing.
"Pakistan's system has contradictions... all this must be changed, now is the time to change it."
He said nothing to media outside the court in Islamabad, but his son-in-law Muhammad Safdar also hinted at a conspiracy.
"Till the time the courts are... free from the fear of some other people, I can't expect any fair trial from this court," Safdar said outside the court. Earlier this week Sharif summoned top officials from his eponymous ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to London for a summit on the party's leadership as legal pressure grows.