Court rejects Nawaz’s plea seeking delay in Avenfield properties reference

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Court reserves verdict on Nawaz’s plea seeking delay in Avenfield reference

ISLAMABAD: The accountability court on Friday rejected the petition of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain Retd Mohammad Safdar seeking delay in the judgment of Avenfield properties reference.
The Sharif family on Thursday filed a petition in the court requesting delay in judgment of the case citing the critical condition of Kulsoom Nawaz.
At the outset of the hearing, Nawaz’s lawyer told the court that his client, who wants to be present in courtroom himself when the verdict is announced, was in London due to his ill wife.
He further stated that Nawaz Sharif would return to the country after his wife’s condition improved.
The defence lawyer also produced medical reports of Kulsoom Nawaz in the court.
Opposing the plea, prosecutor requested the court to reject Sharif family’s plea as the suspects have not clearly said as to when they would return.
He also said that a verdict is not deferred once it is reserved.
After hearing arguments of both the sides, accountability court Judge Mohammad Bashir reserved the verdict which will be announced an hour later.
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had filed Avenfield properties reference against Sharif family in line with the Supreme Court verdict in Panama Papers case.

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