LAHORE: An accountability court on Monday extended the judicial remand of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Khawaja Salman Rafique till December 23 in the Paragon Housing Society reference.
Presiding judge Jawadul Hassan also allowed him to attend the National Assembly’s session in Islamabad.
“I want to say something in the court,” Rafique pleaded in the courtroom, adding: “Trial in the open court is the basic right of every person, everyone can hear the [proceedings] of the case.”
“In my case, court reporters are not being allowed to enter the courtroom, and facts are being hidden from the general public,” he told the court.
“Police [in every hearing] prevent lawyers, reporters and visitors from entering the courtroom.”
To this, the judge directed the police to not bar lawyers and reporters from entering the courtroom during hearings.
“If you can’t provide security, then I will call rangers [for it],” the judge remarked as strict security arrangements were taken to avoid any unpleasant incident.
Earlier, the accountability court had rejected Khawaja brothers’ acquittal pleas and extended their judicial remand till October 30 in the aforesaid reference.
In October this year, the court had rejected Khawaja brothers’ acquittal pleas and extended their judicial remand in the same case.
NAB prosecutor Hafiz Asadullah Awan had opposed the acquittal applications and argued that there were rulings by the Supreme Court that the trial court could not entertain such appeals after the indictment. He said NAB powers were protected under Section 18(C) and 18(D) of the NAB Ordinance, 1999.