Panama Papers: More witnesses record statements against Sharif

The PTI Chairman said that the corruption worth billions of the Sharif family was exposed

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) filed the case with the accountability court's registrar in Islamabad which is already trying Sharif and his family - two sons Hussain and Hassan, daughter Maryam, and son-in-law Muhammad Safdar - for alleged corruption in three cases.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) filed three corruption references against the Sharif family in September a year ago in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case. Tight security arrangements were made around the court.

During the hearing headed by Justice Mohammad Bashir, two prosecution witnesses Ghulam Mustafa and Uzair Rehan recorded their statements. The NAB prosecution team requested court to summon new witnesses in the next hearing to which the defence counsel, Khawaja Haris and Amjad Pervaiz, raised objections stating that the court can not summon without first examining the sustainability of the supplementary reference.

NAB informed the judge that the new supplementary reference which has fresh pieces of evidence against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader includes seven new prosecution witnesses, including two from the United Kingdom.

Furthermore, lawyer of Nawaz Sharif, Khawaj Haris, requested court to give some more time as they have to read supplementary references.

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The hearing was then adjourned until January 30. Responding to a question about any further inquiry in the case, the witness said that no statement was recorded in front of him afterwards.

Accountability court has conducted 21 hearings of Flagship Investment Ltd reference, 20 of Avenfield Properties and 24 of Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference. Sharif's family alleges that the cases are politically motivated.

Forensic expert Robert Radley and a close relative of Panama case Joint Investigative Team head, Federal Investigation Agency Additional Director Wajid Zia, will be the witnesses in the case, while two other witnesses are affiliated with the Ministry of Information.

The reference states the Sharifs failed to provide the money trail behind the purchase of the Avenfield flats and the Trust Deed between Maryam and Hussain presented to the JIT found to be fake.

Its Lahore branch prepared a reference on the Sharif family's Avenfield apartments in London and another against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for owning assets beyond his known sources of income.


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