Accountability Court to resume hearing Al Azizia Steel Mills case today

Nawaz, Maryam likely to arrive in Pakistan Friday (today) evening

ISLAMABAD: Hearing of Al Azizia Steel Mills Reference Case Against Sharif Family to resume in the accountability court today.
Nawaz and his family are facing three corruption cases in the accountability court after NAB filed references against them in light of the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Panama Papers case last year.According to the details, former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son in law, Captain Retired Safdar will appear before the court of judge Muhammad Bashir, who is hearing the corruption cases against Sharif Family.
During last hearing on Friday, Wajid Zia produced the original letter of Hamad Bin Jassim which was dated July 17, 2017, and addressed to JIT. Copies of cover letters of the Qatari prince were also produced before the court. The defence team raised objections that the documents did not bear a stamp or seal of the officials signing the said documents.Zia also produced attested copy of the response JIT received from the United Arab Emirates upon its request for Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) dated June 28, 2017. A copy of the Arabic version of the MLA response was also placed before the court. Attested copy of a chart reflecting major transaction in accounts of Nawaz, daughter Maryam Nawaz from son Hussain Nawaz and Hill Metals was also produced. The court, however, directed the witness to produce a legible copy of the chart.The defense again raised an objection that this document qualified as part of the JIT investigation report and therefore was not admissible in evidence.
Nawaz’s lawyer Khawaja Haris continued raising objections to Zia’s statements, which irked the prosecution team led by NAB prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi. “This is wasting the court’s time and disrupting the tempo of the witness. These objections are unnecessary,” Abbasi protested.


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