NAB References: AC adjourns hearing against Sharif family

06 Feb, 2018 8:52 am

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – An accountability court (AC) on Tuesday adjourned the hearing of mega corruption references filed against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in line with the Supreme Court directive in the Panamagate case.

Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar appeared before the court amid tight security.

Nawaz Sharif appeared before the court for 16th time.

The accountability court (AC) judge Muhammad Bashir resumed hearing of the three corruption references against the Sharif family.

During the proceedings, the junior lawyer told the court that Khawaja Harris, the counsel of the ex-PM Nawaz Sharif was busy in Supreme Court to which the court adjourned the hearing till 2pm.

In today’s hearing, more witnesses will record their statements, while Khawaja Harris, the counsel of the former premier will cross examine the witnesses.

Previously, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had filed three cases of corruption and money laundering against Sharif, his family members and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the Islamabad Accountability Court following the verdict.

The anti-graft body NAB had frozen the bank accounts and seized properties of Sharif and his family members to put pressure on them to appear before the court.

The Sharifs have denied any wrongdoing and have labeled the corruption proceedings against them as politically motivated. Two of Nawaz’s sons are also due to appear before the NAB court, along with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

Nawaz was disqualified by the Supreme Court in July for not declaring a source of income that he disputes receiving. Pakistan’s top court also ordered a wide-ranging NAB investigation and trial into Sharif family members.

The Supreme Court specified that the trial be concluded within six months by NAB, which has in the past been derided as toothless because rich and powerful politicians were seldom convicted.

 

 

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