Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif’s sons’ arrest warrants in Panama Papers scandal-linked cases cancelled

Mar14,2024



islamabadBig relief to former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Shariffamily of, one anti corruption court permanently canceled on Thursday arrest warrant Against his two sons, who recently returned from Britain after seven years of self-immolation exile, Hasan Nawaz And Hussain Nawaz He left the country in 2018 after being nominated in 2016. panama papers scandal,
He faced three charges corruption cases Related to the Panama Papers but never appeared before the courts, which declared him a fugitive.
brother returned Pakistan On March 7, Islamabad's anti-corruption court on Tuesday suspended the permanent arrest warrants against the duo till Thursday, removing the last hurdle for their safe return to the country.
On Thursday, Hasan and Hussain appeared before the Islamabad-based accountability court, which after hearing arguments canceled the permanent arrest warrants issued in the Flagship, Al-Azizia and Avenfield corruption cases.
The court also approved his bail on a bond of Rs 50,000.
Both the sons of the former Prime Minister also applied for exemption from appearing in the court on the next hearing. The court adjourned the hearing till Friday.
The brothers, who are British citizens, were implicated in the cases in 2018 along with their father Nawaz Sharif, sister Maryam Nawaz and her husband Muhammad Safdar.
Nawaz Sharif, Maryam and Safdar were convicted in Avenfield, while the three-time former prime minister was also convicted in the Al-Azizia cases and acquitted in the flagship case.
All of them challenged the different sentences in the Islamabad High Court. Maryam and Safdar got their first reprieve in 2022 when they were acquitted while Nawaz Sharif was still living in London. He returned last year and was acquitted on all counts after a brief trial.
After their acquittal, only two brothers faced the courts, as they were not formally prosecuted in absentia. Like their father, the brothers are also likely to be acquitted in all three cases as the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), which had initiated these cases against them, has given them a clean chit.
Since the Sharif family and their party – the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) – are being protected by the current military establishment, all cases against them have either been closed or acquitted.
In October last year, Nawaz Sharif returned to Pakistan after four years of self-imposed exile in Britain and after brief proceedings, he was acquitted on all counts.
His younger brother, Shehbaz Sharif, was elected as Prime Minister of Pakistan for the second time after the PML-N and the Pakistan People's Party agreed to a power-sharing deal to form a coalition government.
Nawaz Sharif's 50-year-old daughter Maryam was sworn in as the first woman chief minister of Pakistan's most populous and politically important Punjab province on February 26.



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