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DATE=12/8/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=PAKISTAN / SHARIF / L NUMBER=2-256955 BYLINE=SCOTT ANGER DATELINE=ISLAMABAD CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: A special court in Pakistan has delayed formally charging ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and several others. As V-O-A's Scott Anger reports, Mr. Sharif has been accused of attempted murder, kidnapping and hijacking -- events that led to the military takeover of his government in October. TEXT: Paramilitary police lined roads and watched from rooftops, as Pakistan's former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, made his way to his fourth court appearance to face criminal charges. Prosecution lawyers in the case submitted a list of charges to the Anti-Terrorism Court. However, Judge Shabir Ahmed ruled the charges were incomplete. The judge has directed the prosecution to supply copies and transcripts of audio and videocassette tapes to defense lawyers. The government has taken its time in laying formal charges against the ousted prime minister. Charges had been delayed last week after the government amended a law so only senior judges could preside over the case. During another hearing, prosecutors had asked for more time to prepare their case. The charges against Mr. Sharif stem from allegations by the military government that he tried to divert a plane carrying Pakistan's army chief, General Pervez Musharraf back to Karachi from Sri Lanka. The military says the plane -- which had been forced to circle Karachi's airport -- was low on fuel and could have crashed, killing all on-board. The plane landed safely after troops took control of the country and toppled Mr. Sharif's government in a bloodless coup. Statements of 53 witnesses have already been recorded against Mr. Sharif and the other six accused -- which include the former prime minister's younger brother, Shabaz Sharif. The most serious charge Nawaz Sharif faces is hijacking, which could carry the death penalty if he is convicted. The judge has set another hearing date for Monday, when it is expected formal charges will be filed. (Signed) NEB/SA/WD 08-Dec-1999 05:37 AM EDT (08-Dec-1999 1037 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .