Nawaz challenges AC's decision on joint trial plea

Adjust Comment Print

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday challenged the accountability court's Nov 08 verdict, rejecting his request to conduct a single trial on all three references against him, in the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

Earlier, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) requested the court to club together three corruption references filed against the former Prime Minister in the light of Supreme Court verdict in Panama Papers case. They further informed that a reply is yet to be received from Bahria Town and the Lahore deputy commissioner.

Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir last month separated the case of Sharif's sons from rest of the family and also initiated proceeding to declare them proclaimed offenders as the two brothers, now in London, have not appeared in the court even once.

The three references related to the Sharif family's London flats, Flagship Investment Ltd and Al Azizia & Hill Metal Establishment.

The NAB prosecutor today presented implementation report on declaring them proclaimed offenders.

The NAB prosecutor then pleaded the court to declare the two proclaimed offenders as the process of ensuring their presence has been completed.

Last week, the thirty-day deadline given to Hussain and Hasan to appear before the accountability court hearing corruption cases against them expired. They also urged the court to declare them proclaimed offenders.

Judge Mohammad Bashir had issued non-bailable arrest warrants against them on Oct 2, which are still in effect.

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

This involved publication of notices in newspapers directing the accused to appear in court.

On October 12, the NAB following the orders of the court pasted the court's proclamation order on the main gate of the Sharifs' residence in Model Town and Jati Umra.

According to the Dawn, Sharif's lawyer Azam Tar said the court took the decision in a hurry. Orders have also been given to confiscate their shares in six companies as per details provided by Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP).