Pakistan top court indicts minister in contempt case

FILE - In this July 10, 2017 file photo, senior minister of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League, Danyal Aziz, addresses a news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistan's top court has indicted Aziz in a contempt case for critical speeches he made after the court disqualified former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for concealing assets. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash, File)

Pakistan's top court has indicted a minister in a contempt case for scandalizing the court in speeches made after the court disqualified former premier for concealing assets

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's top court has indicted a minister in a contempt case for critical speeches he made after the court disqualified former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for concealing assets.

Danyal Aziz, a ruling Pakistan Muslim League party leader and minister for privatization, pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

The Supreme Court had taken notice of speeches made by Aziz last year and he was charged with accusing the court of bias against Sharif and saving opposition leader Imran Khan from disqualification.

The court set a hearing for March 26 for witness testimony.

Earlier this year, the court sent ruling party Sen. Nihal Hashmi to prison for a month for speaking against the judiciary.

The court disqualified Sharif last year on charges stemming from leaked papers from a Panama law firm.

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