Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

NAB accepted Nawaz Sharif request of exemption from personal appearance

NAB accepted Nawaz Sharif request of exemption from personal appearance

Nawaz's counsel Azam Nazir Tarar argued before the two-member bench that the accountability court had noted the similarities between the references. The court, during yesterday's hearing granted one week exemption to Nawaz from appearing before court.

Meanwhile, Safdar has also submitted an application to the court seeking exemption from the appearance for 15 days.

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.

The accountability court in Islamabad had on November 8 rejected a plea by 67-year-old Sharif to club his cases, which he challenged in the Islamabad High Court, reports PTI.

They had not even jointed NAB investigation despite repeated notices.

The court was told that bank accounts and assets of the duo had already been frozen.

Sharif along with his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Muhammad Safdar appeared in the court. Haris sought Nawaz exemption for a day but the court directed all the three accused to be present.

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, Maryam Nawaz on Tuesday left for London on a five-day visit to see his ailing wife Begum Kulsoom Nawaz today (Tuesday).

Accountability Court Judge Mohammad Bashir is conducting the proceedings, wherein National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) witness, Tayyab Ahmed, is continuing recording his statement.

The accountability court further ordered the authorities to present the accused before the court when they are arrested.

He added that through the application, the petitioner had also been seeking deletion of section 9 (a)(v) from the charges in corruption reference number 20.

The ousted premier has been indicted by the accountability court in three graft references filed by NAB against him and his children following the Supreme Court's July 28, 2017 order in the Panama Papers case, which also led to his disqualification as prime minister.

At this, the IHC questioned what effect it would make when this court is hearing the same case.

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