ISLAMABAD: The accountability court hearing the corruption references against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family has resumed proceedings to declare Hussain and Hassan Nawaz proclaimed offenders.
During Tuesday’s hearing, the NAB presented the implementation report regarding the declaration of Hassan and Hussain as proclaimed offenders.
As the hearing went underway on Tuesday, the NAB team requested for a short recess as its chief prosecutor made his way to the court from Lahore.
Subsequently, Judge Mohammad Bashir stopped the court proceedings for a brief period.Thereafter, the NAB team presented details of four bank accounts possessed by Hussain Nawaz.
The court was apprised that Hussain’s accounts possess $3992, 4272 Euros, 207 pounds and Rs382,381 in the four accounts respectively.
The prosecution team also informed the court that the brothers possess no properties in areas operated by the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) and Defence Housing Authority (DHA). They further informed that a reply is yet to be received form Bahria Town and the Lahore deputy commissioner.
The prosecutor detailing the process of declaring Hassana and Hussain to the judge informed that notices had been dispatched to the accused through the Foreign Office to the Avenfield residence of the Sharifs in London.
In addition, the statement of investigation officer Mohammad Kamran in relation to the Flagship Investment Ltd Reference was also recorded during the Tuesday’s court proceedings.
The NAB prosecutor then pleaded the court to declare the two accused proclaimed offenders as the process of their ensuring their presence in the court proceedings had been completed.
The thirty-day deadline given to Hussain and Hassan Nawaz, sons of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, to appear before the accountability court hearing corruption cases against them expired on November 10.
With the expiry of the deadline, properties of the scions of Nawaz family may be seized at any given time as they both will be declared ‘proclaimed offenders’.
The sons of the ousted prime minister have failed to appear for any of the hearings in relations to the graft references filed by National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Hassan and Hussain, who are both based outside the country, are accused in all three graft references ordered by the Supreme Court in its July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case: Avenfield properties, Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, and Flagship Investment Ltd.
At the hearing of the references on Oct 9, Judge Muhammad Bashir had accepted NAB’s plea to declare Hussain and Hassan proclaimed offenders and separated their proceedings in the three references filed against them.
Earlier, the judge had directed for initiating the process of declaring them proclaimed offenders.
This involved publication of notices in newspapers directing the accused to appear in court. Failure to do so would result in seizure of property and issuance of further warrants.
On Oct 12, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had posted the court’s proclamation order on the main gate of the Sharif family’s residences in Jati Umra and Model Town, Lahore.
NAB Rawalpindi had stated that the action had been taken in light of the accountability court’s directions for the initiation of the process to declare them proclaimed offenders, as they failed to show up in the court’s last hearing.