Court adjourns Maryam, Safdar indictment till Oct 19


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ISLAMABAD: The accountability court abruptly adjourned the indictment of deposed Prime Minister’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz and son in-law Capt retd. Safdar moments after the hearing into the graft case began, Aaj News reported.

According to reports, things got out of control when PML-N lawyers forced their way into the courtroom and surrounded judges bench protesting against the security forces. Lawyers claim that, they were manhandled by the security officials right out side the court.

As a result, Judge Muhammad Bashir decided to end graft references hearing, adding to that, the next hearing shall be conducted on October 19.

Earlier today, Maryam and her spouse Capt Safdar arrived at the judicial complex amid tight security for the hearing of three corruption references. They were accompanied by ministers, and senior PML-N leaders.

Strict security arrangements in place, police barred unauthorized people and lawyers, from entering the complex. Momentarily a scuffle broke out between the police and lawyers, who tried to invade the court room. At least one lawyer was injured during the tussle.

During the last hearing, PML-N leader Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry submitted surety bonds worth Rs5 million on behalf of Maryam. The court provided Maryam Nawaz with the copies of the references.

After hearing arguments from the prosecution, the court accepted bail of both Maryam and her husband. The court ordered NAB authorities to release Capt Safdar as he also submitted bond worth Rs5 million.

Counsel of the former PM Sharif, Khawaja Haris, before the court stated that his client should be exempted from personal appearance before the court as he is in London due to the mild illness of his spouse. Medical certificate of Kulsoom Nawaz was also presented before the court.

Hasan and Hussain Nawaz were declared ‘absconders’ in the last hearing, as they failed to appear before the court.

Ousted PM Sharif and his sons have been nominated in all three references, while Maryam and her husband have been named only in a reference.