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Nawaz Sharif’s Sons Acquitted in Corruption References After Six-Year Exile

An Islamabad accountability court acquitted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s sons, Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz, in three corruption references related to the Panama Papers.

Back in 2018, Nawaz’s sons were declared proclaimed offenders for failing to join the investigation in Avenfield Apartment, Al-Azizia, and Flagship Investment references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

In a recent turn of events, Hussain and Hassan decided to surrender before the court earlier this month through their counsel Qazi Misbahul Hassan, seeking the suspension of the warrants issued against them.

Following the court’s decision to suspend their warrants until March 14, both returned to Pakistan on March 12, ending their six-year-long self-imposed exile in London.

Last week, the court reopened the references against Hussain and Hassan after suspending their perpetual arrest warrants, granting them bail against surety bonds of Rs50,000 each.

Accountability judge Nasir Javed Rana announced the verdict today, which was reserved earlier in the day, accepting the acquittal pleas.

Hussain and Hassan Nawaz left the country in 2018 after being named in the corruption cases. They were declared proclaimed offenders for not participating in the investigation and court proceedings, leading to the issuance of their arrest warrants.

The return of Hussain and Hassan Nawaz was kept a “low-key” affair by the PML-N, with the media not being informed about it. Both landed at Lahore airport from London and were escorted to their Jati Umra residence under tight security provided by the Punjab police.

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