Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-regulation retired Captain Mohammad Safdar have arrived at an accountability courtroom in Islamabad for a listening to in reference to the corruption references filed towards them by the Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB).
In a break from custom, all three members of the Sharif household arrived on the courtroom in the identical automotive. The motorcade carrying the trio comprised 30 automobiles, DawnNews reported.
The courtroom is presently listening to arguments from Sharif’s counsel Khawaja Haris and the NAB prosecutor about merging the three corruption references towards the three accused.
Sharif had arrived within the nation from London amid VIP protocol to seem earlier than the accountability courtroom final Friday.
Nevertheless, the listening to towards Sharif, his daughter and son-in-regulation was adjourned after an order handed yesterday by the Islamabad Excessive Courtroom (IHC) relating to the clubbing of three references towards the Sharif household could not be procured by the court in time.
On the outset of the proceedings on Friday, Decide Mohammad Bashir stated he had learn in a newspaper that the IHC had ordered clubbing of three corruption references collectively.
At this, NAB deputy prosecutor basic Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi stated the IHC had not handed such an order, however remanded the matter to the accountability courtroom once more.
After receiving the IHC brief order issued on Nawaz Sharif’s petitions in search of a joint trial of all of the three references, the decide then learn out the order sheet, in accordance with which the accountability courtroom was requested to look at the matter within the mild of Part 17-D.
The part reads: “An individual accused of extra offences than one of many similar type…could also be charged with and tried at one trial for any variety of such offences.”
Haris, the counsel for Sharif, argued that in case the references have been clubbed collectively, the courtroom would wish to indict Sharif, Maryam and Safdar once more.
In immediately’s listening to, the counsel and the prosecutor will argue on the clubbing of references, joint trial and re-indictment.
A 5-member bench of the Supreme Courtroom on July 28 had directed NAB to file references towards Nawaz and his youngsters in six weeks within the accountability courtroom and directed the trial courtroom to determine the references inside six months.
The Supreme Courtroom additionally assigned Justice Ijazul Ahsan a supervisory position to watch the progress of the accountability courtroom proceedings.
The previous premier and his sons, Hassan and Hussain, have been named in all three NAB references, whereas Maryam and husband Safdar have been named solely within the Avenfield reference.
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