DATE=11/26/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=PAKISTAN - SHARIF TRIAL L-ONLY NUMBER=2-256551 BYLINE=AYAZ GUL DATELINE=ISLAMABAD INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: In Pakistan, a special anti-terrorism court has delayed for a week filing formal charges against deposed prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, and six aides. As Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad, Mr. Sharif and the others are facing charges of treason, hijacking and attempted murder. TEXT: Former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, was brought to the Karachi court in an armored personnel carrier. Other co-defendants, including Mr. Sharif's brother (Shahbaz Sharif), were also driven inside the compound of the court under heavy police guard. The defendants were expected to be formally charged Friday with treason, hijacking and conspiracy to murder. But after a brief hearing, the judge postponed the filing of the charges for another week, to give the prosecution more time to investigate the case. /// OPT /// It is not clear when a formal trial will begin. /// END OPT /// The charges against Mr. Sharif date back to October's military coup (October 12th), when he allegedly ordered airport authorities to deny a passenger plane carrying army chief, General Pervez Musharraf, permission to land in Karachi. The aircraft, which was dangerously low on fuel, was eventually allowed to land after the military took control and overthrew Mr. Sharif. General Musharraf is now the ruler of Pakistan. Mr. Sharif and his six aids are accused of endangering the lives of the 200 people on board the plan, including General Musharraf. Before appearing in the court on Friday, Mr. Sharif told reporters that he and his colleagues are innocent and accused General Musharraf of conducting a personal vendetta. Wednesday, one of the defendants, the head of Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority (Aminullah Chaudhry) agreed to testify against Mr. Sharif. He was not brought before the court for Friday's proceedings. The anti-terrorism court is scheduled to announce formal charges on December the fourth. Under Pakistan's anti-terrorism laws, set-up by Mr. Sharif, a conviction carries the death penalty. (SIGNED) NEB/AG/JO 26-Nov-1999 08:06 AM EDT (26-Nov-1999 1306 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .