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ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has landed at the accountability court in order to hear corruption references against him and his family today.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had filed 3 interim corruption references against the entire Sharif family in September 2017, taking into consideration the Supreme Court’s verdict on July 28th with regard to the Panama Papers case. The bureau recently filed supplementary references in all three cases.
Judge Muhammad Bashir will hear the Al-Aziza and Flagship supplementary references in the first half, whereas the Avenfield properties supplementary reference will be heard later.
However, for the first two references, three witnesses have been summoned to record their statements, namely; Abdul Hanan, Rizwan Khan and Sunil Ijaz.
Likewise, the head of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that carried out an inquest into the Panama Papers case, Federal Investigation Agency Additional Director Wajid Zia, will also be addressed in court today so as to record his statement in the Avenfield reference.
In the previous hearing of the Avenfield supplementary reference, the Court had successfully completed recording the statement of forensic expert, Robert Radley, who brought into the open that the Calibri font was available in a limited scale in 2005.
The Nawaz family is accused of corruption against cases appertaining to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd, and Avenfield properties of London.
As for the Al Azizia and Flagship supplementary references submitted in court on February 14, NAB had included eight new witnesses, as well as new evidences, including details of offshore companies of the two brothers; Hasan and Hussain, who have been absconding ever since they were declared proclaimed offenders, officially.