Nawaz Sharif declared proclaimed offender by IHC – Daily Notable
According to the source of PUNA, The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday decided to declare former prime minister Nawaz Sharif a proclaimed offender in the Al-Azizia and Avenfield references.
Justice Aamer Farooq said the court will pass a short order regarding the proclamation of the convicted former premier and will also issue show-cause notices to the sureties.
Nawaz, who was convicted over corruption by the accountability court, had flown to London in November 2019, after the federal government gave him rare permission to travel abroad for medical treatment.
During today’s proceedings, the court recorded the statements of three witnesses and completed proceedings regarding the proclamation process.
An IHC bench on September 15 issued the former premier’s non-bailable arrest warrants after he failed to appear before the bench for hearing of his appeals against his conviction in Al-Azizia and Avenfield cases.
Later, the bench started the process of declaring the PML-N supreme leader an absconder and ordered authorities to publish advertisements — or proclamations — in London-based newspapers, summoning Nawaz on November 24.
The IHC had noted that if Nawaz did not appear in the court within 30 days after publication of the ads, he would be declared an absconder. It had also ordered the authorities concerned to paste the notice outside his London and Lahore residences.
Nawaz, Maryam Nawaz and Capt (retd) Safdar were released from Adiala jail on September 19, 2018 after the IHC suspended their respective prison sentences in the Avenfield corruption reference.-PUNA