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Former SECP chairman indicted on charges of tempering with records

28 October, 2017

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ISLAMABAD: Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) former chairman Zafar Hijazi was indicted on Friday on charges of tempering with records related to Chaudhry Sugar.

The charge-sheet read out against Hijazi said he had pressured his subordinates to change dates on documents related to the sugar mills. Hijazi pleaded not guilty to the charges before the special court judge, Irum Niazi, saying that a case cannot be registered against him as he neither tempered with the record not pressurised any department official to do that. His lawyer was of the view that the statement taken from an SECP officer, Maheen Fatima, was not solid enough to run a trial on.

However, the prosecutors maintained that they had solid evidence against Hijazi and that they could prove the charges in the court of law.

Subsequently, Hijazi was indicted. The next hearing of the case will be on Nov 10, and witnesses will be notified for the trial.

Hijazi was taken into custody earlier this year after a report released by the Panama Papers case joint investigation team (JIT), probing then prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family’s wealth, alleged that the former SECP chairman had altered records related to the Chaudhry Sugar Mills.

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