Nawaz Sharif's daughter, son-in-law get bail in Panama Papers case


The daughter and son-in-law of ousted Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif were on Monday granted bail by the country's anti-graft court in the Panama Papers scandal as they appeared before it following their return from London.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz deplored on Friday the manhandling of lawyers by security personnel outside the Federal Judicial Complex.

The lawyers alleged that they were manhandled by the security forces outside the court and prevented them from entering the courtroom.

Maryam Nawaz talking to media while leaving the court due to adjournment of the case also lamented over the incident and said that the interior ministry should take notice of the brawl.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) registered three cases of corruption and money laundering against Sharif, his family members and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the Islamabad Accountability Court following the verdict.

The clash began after dozens of ruling party lawyers and supporters tried to enter the court premises despite a ban on the entry of persons unrelated to the process.

As a result of the ruckus, Judge Bashir chose to end court proceedings for the day and asked both defendants to leave the courtroom and return for the hearing on October 19.

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On Monday, the NAB declared Sharif's sons, Hussain and Hassan, proclaimed offenders for repeatedly failing to appear before it.

Meanwhle PML-N Senator Pervaiz Rashid said: "Nawaz Sharif today did not appear before the Accountability Court in Islamabad because he is in London to look after his ailing wife Begum Kulsoom".

Judge Bashir left the court room and later announced the postponement of the hearing till October 19.

Sharif's lawyer Khawaja Harris asked the court to adjourn hearing for 15 days with commitment that Sharif would also appear.

Both Maryam and Safdar have been charged by the NAB in one of three corruption cases filed on September 8 against Sharif. Sharif again failed to appear before the judge because his wife is ill and being treated in London.

If convicted, the accused may face up to 14 years imprisonment and lifelong disqualification from holding public office including the freezing of bank accounts and assets.