Wajid Zia to record statement in Avenfield reference today | Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam were released from representations before the court on accountability cases in the case of corruption against the Sharif family today.
As Judge Mohammad Bashir began the proceedings in the Avenfield case, Nawaz and Maryam were asked to get rid of the appearance due to the ill health of the former prime minister. Upon accepting their request, the court, however, sent Nasviz MNA's son-in-law captain (retd) Safdar to remain in court.
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.
Later, the hearing was postponed for a short time as NAB's primary witness in this case, Wajid Zia, head of the Joint Investigative Group (JIT), who investigated the case of the Panamanian papers – was not present in court.
The prosecution team informed the judge that Zia would appear shortly after receiving the initial report of the Supreme Court's JIT.
Later, when Zia appeared in court with the protocol, the court took another short break and will soon meet.
The lawyer of Mariam and Safdar, Amjad Pervez, will cross-examine Zia today, and Nawaz Khawaja Haris's lawyer will cross-examine the witness on March 13.
During the previous hearing on March 2, Nawaz's lawyer filed an application for the testimony of the Ziya club for all three references. However, the judge rejected the petition and ordered Zia to stand trial today and record his statement on the Avenfield case.
The trial against the Sharif family began on September 14, 2017.
References to corruption filed against the Sharif family belong to Al-Azizia Steel and Hill Metal Establishment, offshore companies, including Flagship Investment Ltd and Avenfield (19459010)
Nawaz and Saddam Hussein and Hassan are accused in all three references, while his daughter Maryam and the son-in-law of Mana Kapt (retd) Safdar are accused only of Avenfield.
. Two brothers abroad were hiding since the trials began last year and were declared by the court as offenders.