Accountability Court resumes hearing of Avenfield case against Sharif family

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

ISLAMABAD: Former premier Nawaz Sharif has arrived at the accountability court as the court has on Monday resumed hearing of Avenfield corruption reference against Nawaz Sharif and his family.
Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir is presiding over the Avenfield properties reference against Nawaz, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar.
At the last hearing of the reference on May 4, National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) investigation officer in the Avenfield properties case, who is the last prosecution witness, was cross-examined by Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Haris.
Today, Maryam’s counsel Amjad Pervez is expected to begin Dogar’s cross-examination.
At the last hearing, Dogar informed the court that the bureau filed the reference on the basis of material gathered by the Supreme Court-appointed Panama case Joint Investigation Team.
Dogar added that he did not request any further material from the Federal Investigation Agency or NAB to use in the reference.
Nawaz and his family are facing three corruption cases in the accountability court after the NAB filed references against them in light of the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Panama Papers case.
The trial against the Sharif family had 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.
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.
The court originally had a deadline of six months which ended in mid-March but was extended for two months after the judge requested the apex court.

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