Former Pakistani PM indicted in corruption case

Former Pakistani PM Raja Pervez Ashraf is charged in corruption scandal when he served as water and power minister in 2010.

Former Pakistani PM indicted in corruption case

World Bulletin / News Desk

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has been charged with causing a two million dollar loss to national exchequer in a power project scam by a Pakistani court on Friday.

Ashraf, who served as premier for eight months from June, 2012, is accused of receiving kickbacks and commissions from nine rental power project firms for awarding contracts for setting up their projects in 2008 to overcome electricity crisis in the country.

Ashraf rejected the charges against him.

Ashraf is also accused of misuse of authority and violation of rules.

The alleged corruption scandal took place when Ashraf was serving as federal minister for water and power in 2010.

Ashraf was prime minister till February 2013 when an interim government took charge and held general elections in May 2013.

The case has earned him the nickname "Rental Raja".

The court adjourned the hearing till February 2014.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Ocak 2014, 16:46