Sharif's son-in-law files plea with court to seek personal appearance exemption
Dec 05 2017 by Desiree Burns
The witness submitted in the court the details of accounts and transactions statements of Nawaz Sharif. The court, during yesterday's hearing granted one week exemption to Nawaz from appearing before court.
After Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz were granted exemption, Captain (retd.) Safdar also approached the court for the goal.
Sharif and his sons Hassan and Hussain have been named in all the three references, whereas Maryam and Safdar have been named only in the Avenfield properties reference.
On November 14, the IHC had sent notices to NAB on the petition.
NAB also presented a report in court regarding property owned by the brothers, which stated that the accountability bureau did not find any property in the country owned by them. Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz and granddaughter Mahnoor is also accompanying him.
A day earlier, the accountability judge granted the request of the former prime minister to change his period of exemption from personal appearance, whereas dismissed the same plea of his daughter Maryam Nawaz.
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Judge Mohammad Bashir had on Oct 9, accepted NAB's plea to declare Hussain and Hassan proclaimed offenders and separated their proceedings in the three references filed against them. The IHC division bench comprising of Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, on Monday, rejected Nawaz Sharif's petition.
Counsel for Sharif family Khawaja Haris cross-examined the witnesses.
The accountability court further ordered the authorities to present the accused before the court when they are arrested.
He maintained that the offences under section 9 (a)(v) and all precedents pertaining thereto, a single offence can be framed against the accused irrespective of the nature and number of the assets alleged to be owned by the accused.
An accountability court on Tuesday is hearing three corruption references filed by the National Accountability Burea against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and other family members.
At this, the IHC questioned what effect it would make when this court is hearing the same case.