|Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar leave court as hearing of 'clubbing plea' under way|
ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, along with daughter Maryam and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar, appeared on Tuesday in the accountability court hearing corruption cases against them, Geo.TV reported today.
Today was the first time the three arrived together for the hearing as previously the father-daughter entourage would not include Safdar, a party lawmaker from Mansehra.
Maryam and Safdar are only nominated in the London properties reference. At an earlier hearing, the court also approved Maryam and Safdar's bail in the Avenfiled properties case and ordered them to submit surety bonds worth Rs5 million each.
Safdar was also directed to take the court's permission before leaving the country from now on. The judge also provided a copy of the reference — spread over 53 volumes — to Maryam and Safdar.
NAB's Rawalpindi branch prepared two references regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, and the nearly dozen companies owned by the Sharif family.
Its Lahore branch prepared a reference on the Sharif family's Avenfield apartments in London and another against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for owning assets beyond his known sources of income.
If convicted, the accused may face up to 14 years imprisonment and lifelong disqualification from holding public office including the freezing of bank accounts and assets.