NAB court rejects plea to transfer Al-Azizia reference case
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Accountability Court rejected the plea to transfer the Al-Azizia reference against the Sharif family from Judge Muhammad Bashir’s court.
Accountability Court Islamabad resumed hearing of Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members on Thursday. Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer Khawaja Haris and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi appeared in the accountability court.
The defence counsel asked for more time to present a copy of the apex court’s order for an extension in wrapping up the corruption references against Nawaz and former finance minister Ishaq Dar.
The Judge asked the NAB prosecutor that have you any copy of apex court verdict regarding extension. Abbasi replied that he has not received yet the verdict’s copy.
Haris then requested the court to issue an order on the transfer request. Judge Bashir responded by saying that only the high court has authority to the transfer of case after indictment. The defence then requested for the hearing to be adjourned till Tuesday so it could contact the relevant forum.
The defence counsel contended that the verdict already announced by Judge Bashir was common with other references.
Remarking that only the high court held the mandate to transfer the case, Judge Bashir rejected the transfer petition. The hearing was then adjourned till July 17.
Nawaz Sharif and his family members are facing three corruption references in the accountability court — Avenfield Properties, Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investments — in which they are accused of money laundering, tax evasion and hiding offshore assets.