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AC Dismisses Sharifs’ Plea To Postpone Verdict

Islamabad (July 06, 2018): NAB Court on Friday rejected plea of Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz seeking delay in the verdict of the Avenfield Reference.

Judge Muhammad Bashir said while announcing his verdict that the decision will be announced at  12.30pm today.

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Earlier today, accountability Court reserved the verdict over plea to delay verdict of Avenfield Reference and reserved the decision for an hour.

Judge Muhammad Bashir heard the case, in which he reserved his verdict on the plea of Nawaz Sharif requesting the trial court to postpone the verdict. After hearing arguments from both the side.

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After submitting Begum Kulsoom Nawaz’s medical report, Maryam’s counsel Amjad Pervez argued that the law stipulates the presence of the accused when the verdict is read out.

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After the prosecution opposed any delay at such a late stage of the trial, the judge reserved his verdict and adjourned the hearing for an hour.Nawaz and Maryam have been in London since June 14 tending to Nawaz’s wife Kulsoom, who is under medical treatment there.

The decision was reserved on June 03, after the counsel of Maryam Nawaz, Amjad Pervez Malik completed his arguments in Avenfield Reference case.

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The corruption references, filed against the Sharifs, pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Limited, and Avenfield properties of London.

Nawaz and his 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.

Avenfield Ref. Verdict: Security of Judicial Complex Beefed Up:

Strict and special security arrangements have been made for judicial complex because of the expected anti-nawaz verdict in the Avenfield Reference.

According to the sources, heavy police contingency comprises of 241 police personnel are deployed inside the judicial complex, while all kind of sloganeering is banned in limits of the judicial complex.

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Sources said that 200 police personnel are also deployed around the judicial complex, while 40 personnel of special Branch have been deployed in and outside the complex.

The Trial:

After the Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz in the Panama Papers case on July 28, 2017, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), in light of the verdict, filed three corruption references against the Sharif family in the accountability court.

The trial against the Sharif family commenced on September 14, 2017, under the supervision of Supreme Court Justice Ijazul Ahsan, who was appointed a monitoring judge in the Panama case verdict.During the course of the trial, spread over 107 hearings, a total of 18 prosecution witnesses recorded their statements, including the Panama case joint investigation team (JIT) head, Federal Investigation Agency’s Wajid Zia.

It was the Zia-led JIT’s report which the Supreme Court used last year as a basis for Nawaz’s disqualification and further investigation of the Sharif family’s assets.

After his statement was recorded, the defence counsels cross-examined Zia for around two weeks.

The prosecution also recorded statements of two witnesses through video-link from London — private solicitor Akhtar Raja and forensic expert Robert Radley — whose expertise was utilised by the JIT during its probe.Nawaz and the other accused were asked 127 questions during their cross-examination, while no witnesses appeared in their defence.

Nawaz and Maryam attended 78 hearings, as they often visited London in between to spend time with Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.

Safdar, however, attended nearly all the proceedings.

The apex court had directed the trial court to conclude the cases in six months. However, the court has only concluded proceedings of the Avenfield reference despite two deadline extensions — the latest one being July 10.

The other two corruption references — Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment and offshore companies including Flagship Investment Limited — have yet to conclude.

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