Islamabad (May 31, 2018): Hearing of Al-Azizia Stell Mills Reference on Thursday resumed in the accountability court against Sharif family.
Judge Muhammad Bashir is hearing the case, former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif is present in the court, JIT Chief, Wajid Zia is being cross-examined during the hearing.
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During Last hearing of May 15, the prosecution’s star witness in the Al Azizia reference, Wajid Zia, completed recording his statement in the accountability court.
Zia, a Federal Investigation Agency additional director, headed the Panama case Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that probed the Sharif family’s assets last year.He has already testified in the Avenfield properties reference.
Background Of The Cases:
The trial against the Sharif family commenced on September 14, 2017, with a six-month deadline.
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.NAB had earlier filed interim references in all three cases and later added supplementary references to them with new evidence and witnesses.
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.