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Nawaz Sharif Appears Before AC In Corruption References

Islamabad (August 13, 2018): Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday has been produced before an accountability court from Adyala jail for hearing of Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment cases.

Security has been put on high alert.

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Following an Islamabad High Court (IHC) order to transfer the remaining corruption references against Sharif and his two sons to a different court, Accountability Court Judge Mohammad Arshad Malik conducted first hearing on Thursday and issued summons for Sharif’s production from jail.

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Also, the court has summoned the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) head, Wajid Zia, for his cross-examination in the references on Monday.

The sources said that stringent security arrangements being done on the arrival of Nawaz Sharif as he will be brought in court under strict security personnel. The vehicles carrying jammers and ambulances will also be included in the security caravan.More than 500 police personnel will be deployed in and outside the court and only the pass holders will be allowed to enter in court.

Earlier, Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir heard all the three references — Avenfield Apartments reference, Al-Azizia & Hill Metal Establishment and Flagship & other companies reference — for 10 months and pronounced the judgment in the Avenfield Apartments reference on July 6.

Judge Bashir convicted Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar and awarded 10 years, seven years and two years sentences, respectively, while imposing a heavy fine on the father and his daughter.

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Roughly, the accused appeared before the court over 80 times.

During the hearing, NAB’s Deputy Prosecutor General (DPG) Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi informed the court that Sharif couldn’t be produced before the court due to security concerns and then appraised the judge of pending references.

NAB’s pending references are against Sharif and his sons — Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz – who have been declared proclaimed offenders due to their failure to appear before the court.

Sharif’s counsel, Khawaja Haris, informed the court that the IHC was to hear an appeal by members of the Sharif family, seeking suspension of their sentences and granting them bail on Monday.He then requested the court to adjourn cross-examination of Zia until Friday.

“The prosecution can produce Zia for recording his statement in the Flagship reference if they want,” he added.

The court; however, fixed Zia’s cross-examination for Monday and said defence may examine Zia if he has time left from his legal commitments before the IHC.

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