Islamabad(April 13, 2018): The Accountability court approved the exemption request of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam in Avenfield Properties Ref Case, as they could not depart from Lahore due to the inclement weather.
Judge of accountability court-I, Muhammad Bashir is hearing the case, in which Counsel of Maryam Nawaz said that roads of Lahore were blocked, security insinuations advised Nawaz Sharif and Maryam to avoid travelling.
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The court t approved the exemption request of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam during the hearing of the case.
Wajid Zia’s cross-examination by the secondary defence counsel enters its third day today in the hearing of the Avenfield properties reference against the Sharif family.
Zia, an additional director at the Federal Investigation Agency, headed the Panama case joint investigation team (JIT) which probed the Sharif family’s assets last year.
The proceedings into the case on Thursday began with Accountability Court-I Judge Muhammad Bashir.The proceedings witnessed a heated argument between the NAB prosecutor and the Maryam Nawaz counsel, Amjad Pervez during the cross-examination process.
Talking to the newsmen on Thursday in AC, Nawaz Sharif called for unveiling the identity of the 40 men who assisted the Joint Investigation Team probing the Panama Papers case and said that every coming day is revealing new details into the case.
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Nawaz told the reporters that any wrongdoings from them are yet to be identified in the case till today but on the contrary every passing day is unveiling astonishing facts regarding the JIT.
“Wajid Zia has to told from where these Namaloom Afraad (unidentified men) has come in JIT and what was their role in the probe body,” he said.
Background Of The Cases:
The trial against the Sharif family started on September 14, 2017.
The corruption references, filed against the Sharifs, include the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd, and Avenfield properties of London.
Nawaz and sons Hussain and Hasan are accused in all three references whereas his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Safdar are accused in the Avenfield reference only.
The two brothers, based abroad, have been absconding since the proceedings began last year and were declared proclaimed offenders by the court.