Sindh’s ex-minister Sharjeel Memon released after brief detention

Published: March 19, 2017
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Sharjeel Memon was taken into custody by officials at the Islamabad airport. SCREEN GRAB EXPRESS

Sharjeel Memon was taken into custody by officials at the Islamabad airport. SCREEN GRAB EXPRESS

KARACHI: Sharjeel Inam Memon, the former information minister in the PPP-led government in Sindh, was released late Saturday night after he was arrested soon after a flight carrying him landed at the Islamabad airport.

The PPP leader was released after the National Accountability Bureau verified the bail papers that his counsel had submitted to the bureau.

Memon, who is facing a multibillion-rupee corruption case in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), was arrested by the bureau’s officials from the runway after his flight from Dubai landed at the airport.

Four provincial ministers of Sindh Mukesh chawla, Imdad Pitafi, Fayyaz Butt and Taimor Talpur were accompanying Memon when he was taken into custody.

LHC dismisses Sharjeel Memon’s protective bail application

Memon had fled the country in 2015 to Dubai after the anti-corruption watchdog launched a crackdown against corrupt political figures and bureaucrats as part of the Karachi operation.

Later, a corruption reference was filed by NAB and subsequently the federal government put his name on the Exit Control List. He challenged the case and was directed to return to the country and defend himself. During his self-exile he lived in Dubai and London.

On Feb 21, the Sindh High Court issued intimation notices to NAB’s special prosecutor and the deputy attorney general on a miscellaneous application moved by Memon for extension of a protective bail in corruption cases.

Memon had submitted a bail application in the Islamabad High Court on March 15, assuring that he would appear in the court on March 20.

“An elected representative, who has protective bail from the high court is arrested from Islamabad airport with such disgrace and other members of provincial assembly were mishandled,” Taimor Talpur, one of the PPP ministers, accompanying Sharjeel told The Express Tribune.

Memon’s son Rawal, in a series of tweets, termed the arrest of his father ridiculous.

 

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 19, 2017 - 7:48AM

    Sharjeel should not have been arrested. He already had pre-arrest bail and returned home voluntarily. Some people have made law and legal proceedings a joke. They arrest people who are on bail and demand punishments for those who are not even implicated. Recommend

  • Ameer Qaisrani
    Mar 19, 2017 - 10:19AM

    Our corrupt leaders..they need to be taught some lessonsRecommend

  • Shahid Khan
    Mar 19, 2017 - 2:35PM

    That’s the lawless land, only money talks and rest listen under the ruling class including GHQ.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Mar 19, 2017 - 3:22PM

    To think that under our judicial system the powerful and corrupt can be brought to justice……is simply foolish thinking.Recommend

  • Sara
    Mar 19, 2017 - 3:46PM

    Of course he returned only because he was prepared to offer gifts as soon as he was arrested. Recommend

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