NAB References: AC adjourns hearing against Sharif family till 1pm

22 Feb, 2018 9:25 am

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – An accountability court (AC) on Thursday 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, till 1:30pm.

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 18th time.

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

The court reserved the verdict on the objections raised on the supplementary references filed against Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar.

In today’s hearing, the court will record the statements of two new witnesses forensic expert Robert Radley and solicitor Akhtar Raja via video-link from UK in the Avenfield supplementary reference.

NAB Deputy Prosecutor General Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi and the representatives of the accused will be present at the Pakistan High Commission in London.

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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