Islamabad (April 25, 2018): The accountability court hearing a NAB reference filed against Sharif family over Flagship Investments on Wednesday resumed hearing into the case.
The case is being heard by the accountability court-I judge Muhammad Bashir, who is also hearing two other case into Avenfield Apartments and Al Azizia Steel Mills against the Sharifs.
The three family members including former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt retd Safdar were inside the courtroom during the proceedings.
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The counsel of Nawaz Sharif, Khwaja Haris, is cross-examining the new witness in the case, NAB official Zahir Shah who presented the copies of registry and other documents during the proceedings two days ago.
The witness submitted record of company house record including its annual income, memorandums of Quint Saloon Limited and details of former and incumbent share holders.
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A day before, Maryam’s counsel Amjad Pervez conducted cross-examination of prosecution witness Zahir Shah.
DG NAB operations Zahir Shah recorded his statement before the court two days back. The NAB was granted permission from the accountability court to produce a new witness, DG NAB operations Zahir Shah, into the case in order to produce new evidences.
Shah said he acquired a copy of Volume X of the JIT report through letter of Supreme Court registrar. He added that he did not share contents of volume with anyone but the investigation officer.
During the hearing, Pervez objected to the prosecutor’s reported interference in the cross-examination. The court proceedings were on Monday adjourned due to the absence of star witness in the case and FIA deputy Director Wajid Zia.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar who are co-accused in the case appeared before the court.
Background of The Cases:
The trial against the Sharif family had commenced on September 14, 2017.
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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 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.