ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Wednesday issued proclamation against property tycoon Malik Riaz, his son Ahmed Ali Riaz, Mirza Shahzad Akbar, Zulfi Bukhari, Farah Shahzadi alias Farah Gogi and a lawyer, Ziaul Mustafa Nasim, for not joining the hearing of the £190 million corruption case.
Accountability judge Mohammad Bashir resumed hearing into the corruption reference related to Al-Qadir University in Adiala jail.
On a previous hearing on Dec 4, the court issued non-bailable arrest warrants for the above mentioned suspects.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has filed a reference against former prime minister Imran Khan, his spouse Bushra Bibi and the above mentioned suspects before the court earlier last week.
Failure of accused to surrender before court by next hearing date will result in attachment of their movable, immovable properties
NAB’s deputy prosecutor general Sardar Muzaffar Khan Abbasi informed the court that the warrants could not be executed since all the accused were at large.
The court subsequently, issued the proclamation against the absconders and directed the prosecution to publish it in newspapers and place it in front of the residences of the suspects, outside the court and at prominent places.
He adjourned further proceeding till January 6, 2024. In case the accused do not surrender by the next date of hearing, the court would initiate proceedings to attach movable and immovable properties of the absconding suspects. The court however extended the pre-arrest bail of Imran Khan’s spouse Bushra Bibi till December 13.
Meanwhile, the NAB prosecution filed an application before the accountability court seeking early hearing on the post-arrest bail of Mr Khan.