Islamabad (02 April 2018) : The accountability court ordered the NAB prosecutor to submit the copy of the Islamabad High Court judgment on the plea of the co-accused challenging the accountability court’s dismissal of their acquittal request by 1:30pm.
In a supplementary reference filed recently, NAB named National Bank of Pakistan President Saeed Ahmed, Naeem Mehmood and Mansoor Rizvi as co-accused. All three are accused of aiding Dar in opening fictitious bank accounts and transferring money abroad.
Accountability court judge, Muhammad Bashir will proceed hearing of the case. During the previous hearing, co-accused in Ishaq Dar corruption case, President of National Bank, Saeed Ahmad, Mansoor Raza and Naeem Mehmood escaped indictment for the third time as their lawyer Hashmat Habib was absent from the proceedings.
Earlier, on 30th of March, Accountability court while adjourning the hearing ordered accused to deposit security bonds of Rs.20lacs.
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Assistant lawyer of the co-accused requested the court to adjourn the hearing for a day. However, NAB prosecutor opposed the plea of the suspects.
On the occasion, Honorable Judge, Muhammad Bashir asked from NAB Prosecutor, that what difference will a day make? You usually appear before the court on daily basis.
Assistant lawyer of the co-accused told court that they have yet not received the order of Islamabad High Court whereas NAB has also approached IHC for the copy.
Hopefully we will receive the order’s copy today, he added.Judge Muhammad Bashir said in his remarks that “I know that there is nothing in the order, your petition has been dismissed by the IHC,”. “You people also enjoy coming to court on every hearing and then request to adjourn indictment,” the judge said to the co-accused.
“We also face difficulty from the adjournment as we have to travel from Lahore to Islamabad on every hearing,” answered the suspects.The court directed the suspects’ assistant lawyer to submit written plea pertaining to adjournment of hearing and absence of lawyer. The hearing was postponed till April 2 after the lawyer complied by the orders.
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