Khawaja brothers sent to jail on 14-day judicial remand

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LAHORE: An accountability court in Lahore on Saturday sent the Khwaja brothers to jail on 14-day judicial remand after rejecting the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) request for an extension in the physical remand of the two in the Paragon Housing scam case.

Earlier on January 26, NAB was granted an extension in the physical remand of the siblings till Feb 2 (today). In the previous hearing, the judge had given instructions to present the siblings in court today.

Today, while rejecting NAB’s request for a further extension in their physical remand, Accountability Court Judge Syed Najamul Hassan issued orders to send the two — who were present in court — to jail on judicial remand.

Speaking to the media outside the court,Khawaja Saad Rafique, the former railways minister said, “There are no bank accounts, no transactions.”

He added that he felt the judicial remand was too long as any questions that the NAB had asked the two brothers have been answered already.

Saad and Salman Rafique were taken into custody by NAB on Dec 11 after their request for bail was turned down by the Lahore High Court. Since then, their physical remand was extended multiple times.