Proclamations against Hussain, Hasan Nawaz pasted in accountability court

Cheryl Sanders
October 13, 2017

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.

Some lawyers and Nawaz supporters managed to enter the courtroom and shouted slogans against police, forcing the judge to exit the court.

Sources told that the court room has capacity of approximately 18 people while the lawyers were about 80. He set Oct 13 for his, Maryam and Safdar's indictment.

The unruly lawyers and ruling party workers were demanding that they be allowed to attend the hearing of the cases against their leaders. It was announced that the indictment will be heard on the day. The apex court had also ordered the opening of several corruption cases against Sharif and members of his family.

According to the affixed warrants of Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz outside court, they will be declared fugitives if they don't appear before accountability court within the duration of one month.

The clashes outside the court in Islamabad broke out shortly on October 13 before the arrival of Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Mohammad Safdar.

As a result of the ruckus, Judge Bashir chose to end court proceedings for the day and asked both defendants to leave the courtroom and return for the hearing on October 19.

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

Earlier, the court was informed about Nawaz Sharif's absence.

NAB has given them 30 days (from Oct 11) to appear in court.

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.

Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his sons - Hussain and Hassan - have been nominated in three NAB references, while Maryam and her husband have been named only in a reference related to the family's London flats.

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.

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