DATE=12/7/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=PAKISTAN / SHARIF / L NUMBER=2-256916 BYLINE=SCOTT ANGER DATELINE=ISLAMABAD CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Pakistan's ousted prime minister has appeared before the country's supreme court, in a hearing re- opening a contempt of court case against his political party. As Correspondent Scott Anger reports from Islamabad, Nawaz Sharif is also waiting for a special anti-terrorism court to file formal criminal charges against him for actions leading to the military takeover in October. TEXT: The former prime minister was brought before the Supreme Court amid tight security. Mr. Sharif -- the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League -- has been named in a lawsuit against his party. The case stems from an incident in 1997, when several party members allegedly disrupted proceeding of the supreme court during a dispute between Mr. Sharif and a former justice of the court, Sajjad Ali Shah. Although he has not been charged in the case, the supreme court ordered Mr. Sharif to testify. The court has adjourned the case until January 12th to allow the parties to prepare responses. In its earlier judgement of the contempt case in May, the court ruled insufficient evidence existed to prove the allegations. The court decided to re-open the case when a petition was filed by a private citizen. During the hearing Tuesday, Mr. Sharif made a brief statement complaining about prison conditions. He has been under arrest since the military took power after a bloodless coup October 12th. Mr. Sharif is scheduled to be taken back to Karachi to appear in a special anti-terrorism court Wednesday. He is facing charges of conspiracy, attempted murder and hijacking -- charges which could carry the death penalty. The charges are based on allegations Mr. Sharif and others attempted to kill army chief General Pervez Musharraf by diverting his plane back to Karachi from Sri Lanka. Shortly after the incident, the military ousted the Sharif government. Formal charges are expected to be filed in the case later this week. (SIGNED) NEB/SA/WD 07-Dec-1999 06:36 AM EDT (07-Dec-1999 1136 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .