NAB court reserves verdict in Avenfield flats reference against Sharif family

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Hearing of Al-Azizia reference against Sharif family underway

ISLAMABAD: The accountability court in Islamabad on Tuesday reserved its verdict in the Avenfield flats reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against members of the Sharif family in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Panama Papers order.
Accountability court judge Mohammad Bashir reserved the verdict after hearing arguments presented by the NAB prosecutor general and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer.
The former premier, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and her husband retired Captain Muhammad Safdar were present in court for the hearing today.
Witnesses had completed recording their statements in the Avenfield reference on December 11.
A five-member bench of the Supreme Court on July 28 had directed NAB to file references against Sharif and his children in six weeks in the accountability court and directed the trial court to decide the references within six months.
The Supreme Court also assigned Justice Ijazul Ahsan a supervisory role to monitor the progress of the accountability court proceedings.
NAB had filed three references on Sept 8 against Sharif and his family, and another reference against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. The three references against the Sharif family are related to the Flagship Investment Ltd, the Avenfield (London) properties and Jeddah-based Al-Azizia Company and Hill Metal Establishment.
The former premier and his sons, Hassan and Hussain, have been named in all three NAB references, while Maryam and husband Safdar have been named only in the Avenfield reference.

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