Compliance report to declare Hassan, Hussain absconders submitted in court
ISLAMABAD (November 14, 2017): The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday submitted a report regarding implementation of the court directives to initiate proceeding to declare Hussain Nawaz and Hasan Nawaz Sharif as proclaimed offenders for consistent absence from the proceeding. The court judge Muhammad Bashir will announce decision to declare Hussain and Hassan Nawaz proclaimed offenders today (Wednesday).
Investigation officers of NAB recorded their statement and gave details of four bank accounts in the name of Hussain Nawaz.
The report stated that Hussain has €4,272, $3,992, £207.53 and Rs382,381 in the respective accounts.
Replies from Lahore Development Authority (LDA) and Defence Housing Authority (DHA) were also presented before the court that stated both the housing schemes had no record of any properties of the two accused in the case.
“We are still waiting for a reply from Bahria and Deputy Commissioner Lahore,” said NAB officers.
NAB argued that Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz should be declared proclaimed offenders in all three references for “deliberately avoiding court proceedings”.
During the Flagship Investment Limited reference hearing, the statement of Investigating Officer Muhammad Kamran was documented wherein he stated that terming Hasan and Hussain Nawaz ‘proclaimed offenders’ should be decided by the judges.
Notifications to appear before the court had been sent to Nawaz’s sons at their houses and were put up on the judicial notice board.
The investigation officer said that all the departments have been contacted to seek details of Hassan and Hussain Nawaz’s property while officer Mohammad Kamran’s statement has also been recorded in Flagship Investment reference.
Summons of the accused were also pasted on the walls of their house and court, he added.
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.
The court also recorded the statements of investigation officers, Mehboob Alam in the Al Azizia reference and Imran Dogar in the Avenfiled reference.
The NAB prosecutor then pleaded the court to declare the two proclaimed offenders as the process of ensuring their presence has been completed.
The court then adjourned the hearing until today (Wednesday), when it will also take up the hearing of the three references against the Sharif family.
Last week, the thirty-day deadline given to Hussain and Hasan to appear before the accountability court hearing corruption cases against them expired.