Panama case verdict: SC to hear Sharif family review petitions on Sept 12

Panama case verdict: SC to hear Sharif family review petitions on Sept 12

Islamabad (Staff Report): The Supreme Court will start hearing review petitions, filed by ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his children against the apex court’s July 28 verdict which disqualified the PML-N chief from premiership, on September 12 (Tuesday).

A three-judge bench headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and comprising Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh and Justice Ijazul Ahsan will hear the review petitions.

The July 28’s  judgement concluded Sharif had been 'dishonest' by not declaring in his nomination papers for the 2013 General Election ─ as required under Section 12(2)(f) of the Representation of the People Act (ROPA), 1976 ─ a salary of 10,000 dirhams receivable as chairman of the board of Dubai-based company Capital FZE owned by his son Hassan Nawaz.

Earlier, the accountability court on Friday accepted four interim references against the Sharif family and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar submitted by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

NAB spokesperson Nawazish Ali confirmed that all the references have been accepted for trial and nothing has been sent back.

According to sources, three of the references are against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam, son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar and sons Hussain and Hasan while another is against Dar.

If convicted, the accused can face up to 14 years imprisonment and lifelong disqualification from holding public office including the freezing of bank accounts and assets.