Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Nawaz Sharif, Maryam allowed to leave for London

Nawaz Sharif, Maryam allowed to leave for London

Nawaz Sharif has been exempted from appearance for seven days from November 20th while Maryam has been granted exemption for a month. Maryam stated that she would present herself in court whenever there is a hearing, however, if she has to leave the country in case of an emergency, the court should allow her representative - Jahangir Jadoon - to appear in court on her behalf.

The former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said the Courts had dual standards, adding they had been struggling against the double standards of Courts.

Judge Muhammad Bashir will be hearing NAB's witnesses, Sidra Mansoor, who is an official of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and Jahangir Ahmad, an official of the Federal Board of Revenue statements.

NAB prosecutor also filed record and audit report of the Hudaibiya Papers Mills.

The hearing has been adjourned till November 22.

Moreover, Hussain and Hasan Nawaz were declared proclaimed offenders due to their continuous absence.

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Ousted premier Nawaz Sharif arrived at the accountability court on Wednesday along with daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt Safdar for the hearing of the Avenfield flats corruption reference, along with two others, filed against them by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Strict security arrangements were observed inside and outside the judicial complex and the ruling party's workers were barred to enter the court premises.

On November 8, the accountability court rejected Nawaz Sharif's plea of clubbing all three references into one.

Earlier a bench of the IHC granted Sharif's request with regard to clubbing together the three corruption references filed against him, and revoked the accountability court's Oct 19 verdict, directing it to reconsider the request. The three references against the Sharif family are related to the Flagship Investment Ltd, the Avenfield (London) properties and Jeddah-based Al-Azizia Company and Hill Metal Establishment. 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.

The NAB has in total filed three references against the Sharif family and another against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the accountability court, in light of the Supreme Court's orders in the Panama Papers case verdict of July 28.

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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