Wajid Zia records statement before Accountability Court against Sharif family

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Nawaz Sharif a shareholder of Al-Azizia Steel Mills, Wajid Zia tells court
Nawaz Sharif a shareholder of Al-Azizia Steel Mills, Wajid Zia tells court

ISLAMABAD: Head of the Panama Papers JIT, Wajid Zia, the key witness in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) references filed against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday recorded his statement before the accountability court.
The court proceedings were headed by the accountability court judge Muhammad Bashir on Tuesday and were also attended by former prime minister, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt retd Safdar.
During the hearing, Zia submitted official copies of the registry of Nelson Limited, Nescal Ltd, Avanfield property No 16, 16-A and several other documents before the court.
The counsel of Maryam Nawaz, Amjad Pervez raised objection over submitting unverified photocopies of the documents from Zia and said that neither these documents were prepared from Zia nor he had prepared them therefore, as per law, it could not be made part of the court proceedings.During the proceedings, Zia also brought the sealed letter of Qatari Prince but when it was opened before the court there was no such letter. The court also asked the NAB authorities to submit a prior application if they wanted to make the letter part of the court proceedings.
“Eight pages from volume three of the JIT report provided to us are missing,” he told the court. “We have the right to access all the documents that are being presented against the defendant.”
Pervaiz claimed that neither the JIT letter nor the UAE response was in the JIT report that had been given to him.
NAB prosecutor Imran Shafiq said that the pages might have been “skipped” during the binding of the report and assured him that the missing documents would be provided. Pervaiz questioned why the letter written by the JIT was not being presented in court.
“How can the response be made a part of the court record without presenting the original letter [written by the JIT],” he demanded. In response, NAB prosecutor said that Pervaiz was cross-questioning during the testimony. Pervaiz said that he was merely directing the court’s attention towards the documents that had not been provided.
The accountability judge assured Pervaiz that his argument had been noted.

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