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

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

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

Maryam Nawaz talking to the media outside the court October 13, 2017.

The court adjourned the indictment of Sharif, his daughter and political heir Maryam Nawaz, and son-in-law Mohammad Safdar in multiple corruption cases until Oct.19.

Meanwhile, Maryam Nawaz, PML-N leaders Maryam Aurangzeb and Talal Chaudhry condemned the incident, urging the Interior Ministry to carry out investigations.

Although National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Deputy Prosecutor General Chaudhry Khaliquz Zaman said that Sharif could not be indicted till he appeared in court, before Friday's hearing, Sharif's lawyer had claimed that he had the defendant's permission to hear the court's indictment verdict in his stead.

With strict security arrangements in place, police barred non-essential personnel, including lawyers, from entering the complex.

TV footages showed Sharif's daughter Maryam and son-in- law captain (retired) Muhammad Safdar arriving at the court premises to attend the hearing.

During the last hearing on October 9, the Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir declared Sharif's sons - Hasan and Husain - absconders for failing to appear before the court despite warnings.

They claimed that the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had allowed lawyers to be present inside the judicial complex as well as the accountability court as "it is an open court".

The Supreme Court had disqualified Sharif, 67, as prime minister on July 28.

The court had set October 13 as the date of his indictment.

"Those who want to appear by free will are arrested from airport, but we are not afraid of it", she said.

The court has chose to declare Hassan and Hussain fugitives in case they fail to appear before the accountability court within a month.

The anti-graft body NAB had frozen the bank accounts and seized properties of Sharif and his family members to put pressure on them to appear before the court.

Maryam, who is being groomed as Sharif's political successor, appeared in the court for the first time today.

Earlier, the court was informed about Nawaz Sharif's absence.

Both Maryam and Safdar have been charged by the NAB in one of three corruption cases filed on September 8 against Sharif.

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