Nawaz appears before accountability court

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ISLAMABAD :- Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif appeared on Monday before an accountability court hearing two corruption references against him and his family.

The former premier, who is currently incarcerated in Adiala jail, was brought to the court in an armoured vehicle.

Accountability court Judge Arshad Malik will hear the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment references shortly.

Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT) head and the prosecution’s star witness Wajid Zia will also appear for the hearing.

Judge Malik had summoned Nawaz and Zia during the last hearing on August 9.

During the last hearing, Judge Malik had questioned National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) Deputy Prosecutor General Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi regarding the progress in investigations into the two remaining corruption references.

The NAB prosecutor had told the accountability court judge, “After Wajid Zia, only one more witness’s statements need to be recorded.”

“There are three suspects in both the references. Investigation is ongoing against Nawaz while his sons, Hasan and Hussain, have already been declared absconders in the case,” he further said.

The hearing was then adjourned till today.

On August 7, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) transferred the two references to Accountability Court II.

A two-member bench of the IHC, comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, ordered the transfer of the cases on Nawaz’s plea.

Nawaz’s legal counsel had filed an appeal requesting the court to transfer the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment references from the court of Accountability Judge-I Mohammad Bashir to another accountability court.

On July 6, accountability court Judge Mohammad Bashir had announced the verdict in the Avenfield properties corruption reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), handing the ousted prime minister 10 years as jail time and seven years to his daughter Maryam Nawaz.

2018-08-13

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