NAB court to record FIA’s Wajid Zia statement on Feb 12 in assets case against Ishaq Dar


ISLAMABAD: Wajid Zia, the former head of Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe corruption allegations anchored in Panama Papers, will appear before the Accountability Court on February 12 as a main witness of the prosecution.

The most important witness of the prosecution, who is Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Additional Director, Thursday appeared before the NB court conducting corruption proceedings against Senator Ishaq Dar in a case regarding assets beyond the known sources of income.

Nadir Abbas, an investigation officer in the case, also appeared in court to record his statement.

Zia told Judge Mohammad Bashir that he does not have the JIT’s final report available with him as all the record was submitted to the Supreme Court.

Responding to it, the judge said he will write to the apex court’s registrar to provide the JIT report and decreed the court  will record Zia’s statement on February 12.

Earlier today, when team of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrived at the Federal Judicial Academy, they were stopped at the gate under strict security.

In the previous hearing on January 31, Wajid Zia did not appear before the court despite being directed to by the NAB.

Dar is accused of possessing assets beyond known sources of income. The NAB filed a corruption reference against him in light of the apex court’s July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case.

Having left for London in October last year for medical treatment, Dar has not attended any court proceedings ever since.

On this, the court declared him a proclaimed offender and his property and assets were also ordered to be seized. –Samaa
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Story first published: 8th February 2018

Originally Posted on SamaaNews


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