Accountability court declares Hassan, Hussain Nawaz proclaimed offenders

ISLAMABAD: The accountability Judge Mohammad Bashir approved the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) plea to declare Hasan and Hussain Nawaz proclaimed offenders and separated their proceedings in the three references filed against them.

The court has set October 13 as the next date of hearing at which Nawaz Sharif, Maryam and Safdar will likely be indicted.

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.

As the hearing began, Maryam appeared in court amid tight security while Safdar was late to the proceedings as he was being brought to court by NAB officials following his arrest late Sunday night.

The court approved Maryam and Safdar’s bail 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.

The judge also provided a copy of the reference  spread over 53 volumes  to Maryam and Safdar.

Nawas is in London at present, tending to his wife who is undergoing medical treatment. In this regard, Harris also submitted Kulsoom’s medical report in court.

NAB officials also submitted in court a plea to declare Hasan and Hussain Nawaz proclaimed offenders as they failed to show up in court even today, despite issuance of non-bailable arrest warrants.

Approving NAB’s plea, the judge separated the case of Nawaz’s sons and also ordered the initiation of the process of declaring them proclaimed offenders.

The process will involve publication of notices in the newspapers directing the accused to appear in court. Failure to do so will result in seizure of property and issuance of further warrants.

The court also recorded the statements of three investigating officers of the NAB.

Sources said the court is likely to indict Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar at the next hearing.