Avenfield case: Cross-examination of last prosecution witness concludes

07 May, 2018 1:29 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The last prosecution witness in the Avenfield properties reference against former premier Nawaz Sharif and his family concluded his testimony in the accountability court on Monday.

National Accountability Bureau’s investigation officer in the Avenfield properties case Imran Dogar told the court that rules are not clear under NAB Ordinance, adding that Standard Operating Procedures are there for investigation.

During his cross-examination, Dogar informed the court of NAB’s procedure of inquiries and investigations, as well as lodging of references in court. Moreover, he informed the court that the interim investigation report of the Avenfield case was prepared on September 6 last year. Dogar also stated that he had no role in the work of the Panama Papers case Joint Investigation Team.

Imran Dogar told that no alteration had been made in statements of witnesses. Defence Lawyer concluded his cross-examination after which the hearing was adjourned until 11:30am tomorrow. The prosecutor said he will give a statement in court tomorrow on the conclusion of arguments and presentation of evidence. The court, responding to Pervez’s query, directed that the accused do not need to appear in court at the next hearing.

Earlier, former premier Nawaz Sharif arrived at the accountability court hearing corruption cases against him and his family. Accountability Court Judge Mohammad Bashir resumed hearing of Avenfield properties reference against Nawaz, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar.

Maryam and her husband did not appear in court and submitted exemption requests through their counsel.

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