The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is tightening the noose around the Sharif family members convicted in the Avenfield reference case as perpetual warrants were issued on Tuesday to arrest former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s two sons – Hassan and Hussain – in London.
The anti-graft watchdog approached the interior ministry for writing a letter to the Interpol, which according to sources has already been dispatched, Express News reported.
The accountability court, in its July 6 verdict, declared both Hassan and Hussain Nawaz proclaimed offenders and since they are abroad, the assistance of Interpol is required to bring them back to the country.
In the landmark judgment, the court noted that the accused Hussain, Hassan and Maryam statedly were not financially sound during the years 1993, 1995 and 1996, when the flats were purchased through offshore companies, the beneficial owner of which was Maryam.
Meanwhile, the interior ministry has also chalked out a plan to arrest Sharif and Maryam upon their arrival in the country, expected on Friday evening.
Immigration authorities at the Lahore airport will hand them over to the NAB officials. The two convicts will then be flown to Islamabad in a helicopter. The decision to take Sharif and Maryam to the accountability court will be made taking into consideration the law and order situation.
If there are security issues, court proceedings against them will take place at Adiala Jail.
Last week, the accountability court sentenced the former premier to 10-years imprisonment and his daughter Maryam to seven years. The former prime minister’s son-in-law, Safdar, was also sentenced to a year in prison.
Sharif was further fined eight million pound sterling and Maryam was slapped with a two million pound fine. The court also ordered their properties to be forfeited in favour of the federal government. Maryam’s sentence includes a year in prison due to her involvement in the Calibri font scandal.
Authorities are considering to arrange access of a NAB team to the airplane to materialise the arrest
Legal experts predict that if convicted do not return in the next ten days, obtaining relief will be difficult
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