SC opens volume 10 of Panamagate JIT report

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Panama Leaks case at Supreme Court

ISLAMABAD: A three-member bench of Supreme Court on Friday directed for the production of volume 10 of the JIT report, with Justice Azmat observing that they want to keep everything transparent.
The Supreme Court’s Panama case implementation bench began its proceedings in what is its fifth consecutive hearing following the submission of the Joint Investigation Team’s (JIT) final probe report into the Sharif family’s businesses.
The bench asked the prime minister’s counsel, Khawaja Harris, to examine specific sections of the volume.
Volume 10 of the report was kept confidential at the time the JIT report submitted its final report. The JIT had asked the Supreme Court not to make the volume public as it contained material related to ongoing international cooperation in the investigation against the Sharif family.
On Thursday, the three-member bench, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan, heard arguments from the counsel of the prime minister’s children, Salman Akram Raja.
The counsel is continuing his arguments today.
Raja informed the bench that there are several law firms in London that operate on Saturdays, to which the bench agreed.
The counsel also clarified before the bench that his predecessor, Akram Sheikh, may have made a clerical error which led to a confusion of dates regarding ownership of offshore companies by the premier’s children.
“We cannot even think of submitting false documents in court,” claimed Raja.
On Thursday, the bench observed that prima facie, the case relates to submission of forged documents.
During the hearing, the bench was informed that there is a seven-year imprisonment term for those who submit false documents in court.
Throughout Thursday’s hearing, the members of the bench remarked at different times the absence of any money trail with regards to the Sharif family’s London properties as well as the Azizia Steel Mills in Jeddah.
Justice Ejaz observed that in case the ownership and money trail of the London properties is not proved by the premier’s children, they will question the public office holder.
During the hearing, Raja also submitted a 17-page petition listing objections on the JIT report, pleading for dismissal of the report and its ‘evidence’.
Justice Ijaz observed that producing the Qatari prince before the JIT was Hussain’s responsibility as the sheikh was his star witness.
Earlier this week, the bench heard arguments of the petitioners over the JIT report, submitted on July 10, and is now hearing the replies of the respondents.

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