Accountability Court resumes Avenfield case hearing against Sharif family

Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar’s parole to end today

ISLAMABAD: The Accountability Court hearing corruption cases against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family has resumed hearing of Avenfield reference as Sharif family legal counsel continued cross-examining Panama case JIT head Wajid Zia for the ninth time today.
Wajid Zia, the Federal Investigation Agency additional director who headed the Panama case joint investigation team (JIT) which probed the Sharif family’s assets last year, will be cross-examined for the ninth time today in the Avenfield properties reference.
The reference is among three filed against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) last year on the Supreme Court’s directives.
Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir, who has been conducting corruption proceedings against the Sharif family since September last year, will resume the case shortly.
Nawaz has arrived at the court along with his daughter Maryam and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar.
Nawaz’s counsel, Khawaja Haris, has been cross-examining Zia after he recorded his statement over six hearings earlier.
The trial against the Sharif family had commenced on September 14, 2017.
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.

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