Accountability court cancels Hasan, Hussain Nawaz's arrest warrants, approves bail

Accountability court also cancels the brothers' fugitive status

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Hasan Nawaz (left) and Hussain Nawaz are seen in this photo together. — AFP/File
Hasan Nawaz (left) and Hussain Nawaz are seen in this photo together. — AFP/File

  • Court adjourns further hearing of case till Friday.
  • Accountability court issues notice to NAB.
  • Trail court vindicates brothers in Flagship reference.

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Thursday approved bail of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's sons, Hasan and Hussain Nawaz, in exchange for Rs50,000 bond each in the three references pertaining to Al-Azizia Steel Mill, Avenfield apartments and Flagship.

The court also cancelled the brother's perpetual arrest warrants and fugitive status in the said cases.

Hasan and Hussain had to appear before the accountability court today to get their perpetual arrest warrants suspended, as they were given relief by the court till March 14.

On request of the defendants’ counsel, Qazi Misbah, the court adjourned further hearing of the case till Friday (tomorrow).

Upon petitions filed by Nawaz’s sons for acquittal, the accountability court issued a notice to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Whereas, Misbah filed a petition for appointment of his clients’ pleader saying the petition regarding the pleader was being lodged for security reasons. Upon which, Rana Irfan was appointed as their pleader.

Presenting arguments, Misbah said, he had pleaded to suspend his clients’ perpetual arrest warrants on previous hearing. Since the suspects had surrendered themselves as per the court’s condition, their warrants should be cancelled, he said.

Accountability court judge Nasir Javed inquired if Hasan and Hussain were nominated in the three references. The counsel replied in affirmative saying they were nominated in the cases as co-accused. He added the trail court had vindicated them in the Flagship reference. While, he said, all the accused were acquitted by the high court in the Al-Azizia and Avenfield references with the exception of his clients, who weren't able to appear before the court.

The judge asked if the suspects would leave the country soon. The lawyer said for the time being they were in the country. Following that, the court adjourned the hearing till tomorrow.

During their plea's March 7 hearing, Misbah had said there were five accused in the Avenfield reference and the Islamabad High Court acquitted three of them. Arif, a NAB prosecutor, said the purpose of the warrant was to bring the accused to court, insisting that both brothers should be given a chance to appear before the accountability court.

Never refused being Pakistani, says Hussain

In an informal discussion with journalists in the Islamabad Judicial Complex, Hussain said he was a Pakistani citizen and never refused to accept it. Whatever happened to them was evident before everyone, he said adding that the political vengeance against them was launched on October 12, 1999, when they were exiled “without any case”.

Distancing himself and his brother from any government, Hussain said: “Hasan and I have no association with any government. Character assassination on personal matters should be ended and every person should get a transparent trial.”