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IHC rejects Capt Safdar's plea for postponing indictment in NAB reference

October 12, 2017 9:57 AM
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IHC rejects Capt Safdar's plea for postponing indictment in NAB reference

Islamabad High Court (IHC) rejected on Thursday the plea submitted by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar to preempt indictment against him in corruption case pending in the accountability court.

Safdar had maintained in his plea that at least seven days are required for indicting a person but the accountability court took only four days for that matter. The IHC, however, rejected his appeal.

He requested the court to suspend the accountability court’s order which set the date for indicting him.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had arrested Safdar on October 9 as soon as he landed at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport on his return from London.

Arrest warrants for Safdar were issued by an accountability court after he and other members of the family failed to appear before it. He was later released so that he could be present in the court on October 13.

The accountability court had set October 13 as the date for the indictment of deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz, and Safdar in a NAB reference pertaining to the Avenfield apartments on Park Lane in London.

In addition, Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir separated the trial of Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz from the others and declared them absconders. He ordered the initiation of proceedings under Section 87 (absconding) of the Criminal Procedure Code against them.

Also read: Avenfield reference: NAB examines legal aspects of IHC verdict tomorrow


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