Accountability court to hear Flagship, Al-Azizia references today | Pakistan

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Photo: Geo News file

ISLAMABAD: The accountability court will hear references to the corruption of Flagship investment and Al-Azizia Steel Mills against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family today.

The National Accountability Office (NAB) last September filed three interim certificates of corruption against the Sharif family in the light of the verdict of the Supreme Court of July 28 in the Panamanian papers case. Recently, the bureau provided additional references in all three cases.

Nawaz made his way to Islamabad through a special plane to appear in court on accountability matters.

The court summoned the prosecution witnesses to write down their statements today in two links. Judge Muhammad Bashir will hear the references.

During the previous hearing, Nawaz Khawaja's lawyer Haris completed the cross-examination of witness Abdul Hannan. The witness could not satisfy the court as to the reliability of the submitted documents, since there were no signatures or official stamps in the documents of the land cadastre.

Cases of Corruption

References to corruption filed against the Sharif family refer to Al-Azizia Steel and Hill Metal Establishment, offshore companies, including Flagship Investment Ltd, and the properties of Avenfield in London.

Nawaz and sons Hussein and Hasan are accused of all three references, while his daughter Maryam and the son-in-law of MNA Capt (retd) Safdar are accused only of indicating Avenfield.

In the additional Al Azizia and Flagship links submitted to the court on February 14, NAB included eight new witnesses, as well as new evidence, including information on offshore companies Hassan and Hussein.

Both brothers who were abroad hid themselves after the beginning of the trial last year and were declared by the law-breakers.

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