Islamabad (June 22, 2018): Accountability Court Islamabad has adjourned the hearing of Avenfield reference against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members till Monday.
Judge Muhammad Bashir was hearing the case.
Defense Counsel Khawaja Haris will continue his arguments on the next hearing.
Earlier, Sharif family’s lawyer Khawaj Harris on Friday continued his concluding arguments in Avenfield reference on fourth day.
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Former premier Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz did not appear due to exemption from hearing.
Judge Muhammad Bashir heard the references. Khawaja Harris said that Nawaz Sharif is neither the beneficial owner of London flats nor is related to it by any means.
There is no mention of Nawaz in NAB documents, he added.
Harris maintained that prosecution had to prove the ownership of London flats but it failed to do so.He adopted stance that Nawaz Sharif is also not mentioned in the miscellaneous plea and affidavit of Tariq Shafi on which the prosecution is relying.
There is a difference between the first and second affidavit of Shafi, told the lawyer.
Khawaja Harris went on to say that Nawaz Sharif’s name is also not present in the reply of MLA that came from UAE.
“No case has been established by NAB therefore; no need was felt to present anything in defense. Moreover, the trust deed also has no connection with Nawaz because it is between Maryam and Hussain Nawaz,” said Harris.
The hearing of the case was adjourned till Monday.
SC extends the deadline of corruption cases against Sharif family by two months
Nawaz and his family are facing three corruption cases in the accountability court after NAB filed references against them in light of the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Panama Papers case.
The trial against the Sharif family had commenced on September 14, 2017.
The corruption references, filed against the Sharifs, pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Limited, and Avenfield properties of London.
Nawaz and sons Hussain and Hasan are accused in all three references whereas his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Safdar are accused in the Avenfield reference only.The two brothers, based abroad, have been absconding since the proceedings began last year and were declared proclaimed offenders by the court.
The court originally had a deadline of six months which ended in mid-March but was extended for two months after the judge requested the apex court.
Later, the deadline was extended twice more, with the new date falling at July 10 now.