ISLAMABAD – An accountability court in Islamabad will resume hearing of the graft references against the embattled Sharif family today (Wednesday).
Judge Mohammad Bashir will hear the supplementary corruption references regarding Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investments filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the light of Panamagate verdict.
It is to mention here that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had filed three interim corruption references regarding London properties, Al-Azizia Steel Mills, Flagship Investment and other offshore companies against former prime minister, his children – Hasan, Hussain and Maryam Nawaz – and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar in light of the Supreme Court’s July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case.
The anti-graft watchdog later filed supplementary references in all three cases – Avenfiled properties, Al-Azizia Steel Mills, Flagship Investment and other offshore companies.
Sharif’s sons -Hassan and Hussain – have also been named as accused in the references, however, due to continued absence both have been declared proclaimed offenders.
Local media say the former prime minister will today appear before the court to attend the hearing.
The NAB court has summoned five prosecution witnesses to record their statements in the corruption references.
At last hearing of Avenfield supplementary reference, the court turned down Panamagte Joint Investigation Team (JIT) head Wajid Zia’s plea to make the entire investigation report part of the record in corruption reference against Sharif family.