Gilani gets bail in trade subsidy scam cases


KARACHI: An anti-corruption court on Tuesday approved bail for former prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani in 12 cases pertaining to multi-billion rupees trade subsidy scam.
Anti-Corruption Court-I Judge Mohammad Azeem granted bail to the former prime minister subject to furnishing surety bonds in sum of Rs 100,000 in each case. The court, however, directed him to ensure his presence in court on the next hearing.
Gilani showed up before the court after it issued warrants for his arrest on June 2. 
Represented by his counsel Farooq H Naik, the former prime minister filed a bail application on Tuesday, submitting that cases lodged against him were false and politically motivated.
He said that he had not received any arrest warrants or summons for appearance before the court; yet he himself surrenders to stand trial. He said that he was ready to cooperate with investigation agency in the corruption cases while requesting the court to allow him pre-arrest bail.    
While accepting the final charge-sheet in the cases, the court had on June 2 issued non-bailable arrest warrants for former prime minister Gilani, former commerce minister Amin Fahim and other accused and directed the FIA to arrest and produce them on June 17. 
The court once again directed the FIA to arrest the accused, who were shown absconders in the cases, by July 10. 

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