Accountability Court adjourns proclamation proceedings against Hussain, Hassan

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ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing to declare former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s sons , Hussain and Hassan,  as proclaimed offenders over their perpetual absence from the trial proceedings in three references filed against them.

Judge Muhammad Bashir has initiated proceedings to declare both the brothers as proclaimed offenders for failing to appear before the court in compliance to the court summons.

NAB’s investigation officers, Mehboob Alam and Muhammad Kamran, who are investigating Al Azizia & Hill Metal Establishment and Flagship Investment Ltd cases, respectively, recorded their statements.

They told the judge that they have executed proclamation process against both, but they have intentionally failed to appear before court and avoided their arrest.

The judge adjourned the hearing till Wednesday (tomorrow) when it will record the statement of the investigation officer in the third case against the Sharif family members. He is likely to declare Hussain and Hassan as proclaimed offender tomorrow.

On October 2, the court had issued non-bailable warrants for the arrest of both accused to appear before it, but they did not turn up.

The 30-day deadline for Hasan and Hussain Nawaz – sons of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif – to show up before an accountability court has also been expired.

The prosecution team informed the court that the brothers own no properties in areas operated by the Lahore Development Authority and Defence Housing Authority. They added that a reply is awaited from Bahria Town and the Lahore deputy commissioner.

He further told the court that details of Hussain Nawaz’s four bank accounts have also been received in which 4272 euros, 3992 dollars, 207 pounds and Rs 3.82 lac are present.

Detailing the process of declaring them proclaimed offenders, the prosecutor informed the judge that they sent notices through the Foreign Office to post on the Avenfield flats of the Sharifs in London.

Summons of the accused were also pasted on the walls of their house and court, he added.

The officer further appealed the court to fulfill all legal requirements and declare former PM’s sons absconders.

Orignally published by INP

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