Nawaz challenges accountability court verdict to record witnesses’ statements via video link

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Current judiciary places ‘unprecedented’ restrictions: Nawaz Sharif

ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has moved Islamabad High Court (IHC), challenging accountability court’s decision to record statements of two witnesses of prosecution via video link in the supplementary reference against Sharif family.
The petitioner through their counsel filed the petition in the registrar office of IHC, requesting the court to declare the order as illegal, without lawful authority and the same be set aside.
Names of accountability court judge Mohammad Bashir, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman and federation were also included in the plea.
Earlier, Maryam Nawaz had also challenged an accountability court’s February 2 decision to allow two witnesses to testify via video link in the Avenfield apartments case and urged the court to dismiss the decision.
Lawyer Amjad Pervaiz took the stance that in a criminal trial the attendance of the witnesses before a court is necessary unless the same was dispensed with subject to the conditions mentioned in Sectio-503 Cr. P.C.
He pleaded that in the instant case the reasons stated as excuse to attend the court were imaginary and not supported by any material.
As per the declaration attached with the expert report, the witness Robert M Radley, the Principal at the Radley Forensic Document Laboratory, declared that ” he may attend the court for cross examination and he had not made his attendance conditional, he added.
Mr. Pervaiz alleged that impugned order was also “violation of fundamental right of access to justice, treatment accordance with law, due process and fair trial guaranteed vid Article 10 (A) of the constitution, to my clients.”

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