NAB takes Captain (retd) Safdar into custody, shifted to Adiala jail in Rawalpindi

NAB takes Captain (retd) Safdar into custody, shifted to Adiala jail in Rawalpindi

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ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday shifted Captain (retired) Safdar Awan to the Adiala jail in Rawalpindi, after he was earlier presented in an accountability court.

He was awarded one-year imprisonment in the Avenfield properties references, was shifted to Adiala jail on Monday.
Moreover, he is also accused in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference.

A National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team shifted the PML-N leader to prison after producing him before Accountability Judge Muhammad Bashir amid tight security.

On Sunday evening, NAB arrested Safdar in Rawalpindi where he led a rally of PML-N supporters for hours and later shifted him to its regional office in the twin cities.

The son-in-law of deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif was arrested by the anti-graft body on Sunday, following an accountability court’s verdict in the Avenfield Properties corruption reference.

The PML-N leader requested NAB officials to let him reach a nearby party office along the rally where he said he would formally surrender.

Afterwards, the officials escorted him up to the PML-N office where he was finally taken into custody.

He came out of hiding two days after the pronouncement of the verdict in the Avenfield reference. On Friday, when the verdict was announced his whereabouts were unknown and his cellphone switched off.

Strict security measures were in place outside the Federal Judicial Complex in G-11 sector of Islamabad, where the accountability court is situated. Police officials, the elite force, and rangers were deployed outside the building.

A NAB team reached the Federal Judicial Complex where it presented the convict in an accountability court. He was then sent to the Adiala jail where he will be imprisoned for a year, the police confirmed.

The Bureau has already obtained warrants for their arrest upon their arrival at an airport.

After reaching the election office of PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi, Safdar Awan was officially arrested and shifted into the vehicle of NAB team.

A declaration issued by the bureau said Captain (retd) Safdar was hiding in his native village to avoid getting arrested. The statement further added that the anti-graft body conducted raids in Mansehra, Abbottabad, and Haripur.

The former premier was awarded 10 years in prison, while his daughter and her spouse Capt. Safdar were handed seven years’ and one year’s prison term, respectively.

Judge Muhammad Bashir ordered forfeiture of their properties in the Avenfield Apartments and Park Lane of London. He imposed a fine of £8 million (approximately Rs1,292m) on the former premier and £2 million (approximately Rs323m) on his daughter.

Besides, three convicts were awarded an additional one-year imprisonment, which will run concurrently for not cooperating with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

‘Media shouldn’t promote Safdar’

The anti-graft body in a statement on Sunday said Safdar was a convict and the media should refrain from promoting him, adding that it could ‘lead to lawlessness’. The authority said that those assisting the former prime minister’s son-in-law will face action against them.

 

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