Court defers Sharif's indictment after clash

13 October, 2017, 11:23 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • NAB team likely to visit London to collect evidence against Sharif family

The accountability court adjourned the hearing of corruption case against the Sharif family, when Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) lawyers and supporters created ruckus as Maryam Nawaz and Captain Muhammad Safdar (retd) arrived in court.

Sources told that the court room has capacity of approximately 18 people while the lawyers were about 80. Thus, he said, the trial court be directed to postpone their indictment. They threatened to hold up the hearing until action was taken against the police officials who had allegedly manhandled them outside the court. It was announced that the indictment will be heard on the day.

Sharif, his daughter, his son-in-law, and his two sons face corruption allegations stemming from an investigation into documents leaked from a Panama law firm that indicated that Sharif and some of his family members had undisclosed assets overseas.

On Oct 9, the accountability court observed that Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Capt Safdar would be indicted on Oct 13.

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The court declared Hussain and Hassan absconders after their perpetual absence from proceedings.

The court during the hearing on October 9 made a decision to separate the trial of Sharif's sons Hussain and Hassan from Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law.

Sharif had failed to appear on Monday before the court as he was in London with Kulsoom.

Sharif's wife Kulsoom, who is suffering from throat cancer, has undergone three surgeries in the United Kingdom so far.

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Safdar submitted in the petition that the accountability court is scheduled to indict him, his father-in-law Nawaz Sharif, and wife Maryam Nawaz on Oct 13 (Friday) in a graft reference pertaining to the Sharif family's London flats.

In the notice, both the respondents have been directed to appear before the court within 30 days.

NAB's Rawalpindi branch prepared two references regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, and the almost dozen companies owned by the Sharif family.

The references were filed in the backdrop of Supreme Court's July 28 decision in the Panama Papers case in which Nawaz Sharif was also disqualified for concealing his employment with Capital FZE, a firm owned by his younger son Hassan.

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