Islamabad (June 20, 2017): Supreme Court of Pakistan will announce the verdict over Hussain Nawaz’s picture showing him sitting in the foyer of the Federal Judicial Academy awaiting interrogation by the Joint Investigation Team probing the Panama case.
According to the details, Supreme Court (SC) will announce its reserved decision on leaked picture of Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif’s son Hussain Nawaz today (Tuesday).
A three-member bench headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal will also read its verdict on recording the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) session that was reserved on June 14 on the request of Hussain Nawaz.
As per the cause list the judgment was to be announced at 9:30 a.m. but it will now be announced at 1 p.m.
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The application filed by Hussain Nawaz on June 7 through his lawyer Khawaja Haris, who pleads the court to form a commission to investigate the ‘leaking’ of a CCTV image of his appearance before the joint investigation team (JIT) probing allegations of money laundering against the Sharif family.
In addition to the photograph, a copy of the summons issued to the PM’s elder son was also circulated on social media after Hussain had told media on May 28 — his first appearance before the JIT — that he was only given 24 hours to appear before the JIT. The summons, however, proved otherwise and showed that he was given ample notice prior to his appearance.
Hussain’s request alleged that JIT members have been “pressuring every witness … to change his statement and even to implicate specific persons in wrongdoing.”
Hussain claimed in the request that the photo leak was against ethical and legal codes, adding that recording videos of the JIT’s proceedings was akin to “pressurising” witnesses appearing before the body. He also said that the recording of proceedings does not allow witnesses to “speak without being treated like a criminal”.
The request added that recording the statement of a witness is a violation of Sections 161 (public servant taking gratification other than legal remuneration in respect of an official act) and 162 (taking gratification for exercise of personal influence with public servant) of the Code of Criminal Procedure.Hussain also requested the court to prohibit the JIT from recording videos of the proceedings to ensure that the “investigation is held in an independent manner and justice is being done.” He further requested the SC to form a commission that is led by a retired or serving judge to investigate the matter of his picture’s leaking.
The case was heard by the three-member bench of Supreme Court headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan which is monitoring the implementation of the Panama case verdict by the five-member larger bench of the apex court of which the three justices were a part.