Thursday, 19 October 2017

NAB references: Court likely to indict Nawaz today despite absence

NAB references: Court likely to indict Nawaz today despite absence
NAB references: Court likely to indict Nawaz today despite absence

ISLAMABAD: The accountability court will resume hearing of corruption cases against Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law on Thursday (today), wherein the ousted premier is likely to be indicted despite absence.
The accused were set to be indicted on October 13, however, a commotion by members of the legal fraternity forced the accountability court judge to adjourn proceedings minutes after they began, Geo.TV reported today.
Later, the accountability court judge ordered the Islamabad inspector-general of police to investigate the incident. State Interior Minister Tallal Chaudhry, who was present at the court during, also took notice of the incident and ordered an inquiry.
The accountability court is hearing a total of three corruption cases against the Sharif family filed by NAB in light of the Supreme Court's judgment in the Panama Papers case.
However, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif remains in London on account of his wife's ailment. The court is likely to indict him in absence, under clause 17 of the National Accountability Burau (NAB) law, Geo News has learnt.
Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar will only be indicted in a reference pertaining to the family's London properties.
The court has already set apart the case of Hasan and Hussain Nawaz, who were declared absconders during an earlier hearing.
A high-level meeting to ensure security during proceedings was also held, however, the authorities decided not to deploy Rangers. Police and Frontier Constabulary (FC) will discharge security duties during Thursday's hearing.

Moreover, special lists have been prepared to allow entry to lawyers and media persons in the courtroom.

Posted By Raela Hafizi

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