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Court acquits Pakistani interior minister in drug case


A defense lawyer said a special court for narcotics cases in Pakistan acquitted the country’s interior minister of drug trafficking charges, in a case brought against him under the previous administration.

Lahore, Pakistan — A special court for narcotics cases in Pakistan on Saturday acquitted the country’s interior minister of drug trafficking charges, a defense lawyer said, in a case filed against him under the previous administration.

Rana Sanaullah, who also served as the justice minister of Punjab province, was arrested in July 2019 by federal anti-narcotics forces near the eastern city of Lahore.

The anti-drugs body said at the time that it also arrested five other people, including Sanaullah’s driver and guards working for Sanaullah, and seized 15 kilograms (33 pounds) of heroin from the vehicle.

Sanaullah spent nearly six months in prison until the Lahore High Court ordered his release on bail after ruling that no substantial evidence had ever been presented in court.

In Sanaullah’s request for acquittal in court, he accused Imran Khan’s former government of victimizing him for political reasons, said Farhad Ali Shah, Sanaullah’s lawyer.

In a hearing on Saturday before Judge Shaikh Naeem, two prosecution witnesses said they had never seen narcotics recovered from Sanaullah’s vehicle.

ABC News

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