NAB References: AC adjourns hearing against Sharif family till Jan 3

19 Dec, 2017 3:00 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The accountability court (AC) has 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 appeared before the court for the 10th time, while his daughter Maryam Nawaz appeared for the 12th time. The ex-PM’s son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar also appeared before the court amid tight security.

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

During the proceedings, Yasir Bashir and Shakil Anjum Nagra recorded their statements in Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Avenfield properties references.

The local bank manager Yasir Bashir presented bank statement of the former premier from February 12, 2010 to June 30, 2017 and bank account details of Maryam Nawaz in the court.

The witness said that Rs 5.71 billion were transferred to Maryam Nawaz’s account from Hill Metal Company’s Jeddah account.

After completing the arguments the court allowed Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and his son-in-law Cpt (r) Safdar to go.

Khawaja Harris, the counsel of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif cross-examined the witnesses.

The court later adjourned the hearing until January 03 and summoned three more witnesses.

In the previous hearing, the AC recorded the statement of two more witnesses, while prosecution witness Malik Tayyib who had recorded his statement in previous hearing was cross examined by Khawaja Haris, the counsel of Nawaz Sharif.

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 labelled 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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