Court defers Sharif's indictment after clash


Court defers Sharif's indictment after clash

Proclamations against Hussain and Hasan Nawaz, sons of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, have been pasted on the notice board of the accountability court here on Thursday.

A lawyer belonging to PML-N allegedly injured by police during a scuffle outside the Federal Judicial Complex on Friday.

The lawyers alleged that they were manhandled by the security forces outside the court and prevented them from entering the courtroom.

Meanwhile, Maryam Nawaz, PML-N leaders Maryam Aurangzeb and Talal Chaudhry condemned the incident, urging the Interior Ministry to carry out investigations.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) registered three cases of corruption and money laundering against Sharif, his family members and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the Islamabad Accountability Court following the verdict.

As the court was about to begin the proceedings, lawyers started protesting in the court room of Judge Muhammad Bashir against security arrangements which had "restricted their movement in the court premises". According to a court official, Safdar petitioned the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to pre-empt the indictment but the court rejected his plea.

The court during the hearing on October 9 made a decision to separate the trial of Sharif's sons Hussain and Hassan from Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law. However, the court was expected to indict Maryam and Safdar as their case had been severed from that of her father and brothers - Hassan and Hussain.

The court had also chose to conduct separate trial of former PM's sons, Hassan and Hussain Nawaz.

After hearing arguments from the prosecution, the court accepted the bail of both Maryam and her husband.

A special representative Zaafar Khan is set to appeared before the court on behalf of Nawaz Sharif.

Sharif, his daughter, his son-in-law, and his two sons face corruption allegations stemming from an investigation into documents leaked from a Panama law firm that indicated that Sharif and some of his family members had undisclosed assets overseas.

Sharif had failed to appear on Monday before the court as he was in London with Kulsoom.

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.