Accountability court adjourns corruption hearing on Nawaz's request

Lester Mason
November 28, 2017

The accountability court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing of corruption references against members of Sharif family after former prime minister Nawaz Sharif pleaded the court to suspend proceedings until the Islamabad High Court rules in a petition to club references.

The request filed by Sharif on Tuesday sought suspension of the accountability court's proceedings until the decision was announced.

The National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) prosecutor, Sardar Muzzafar, objected to the former Prime Minister's request stating that witnesses had appeared for the hearing and should be allowed to record their statement.

As the hearing began, Judge Mohammad Bashir was informed that Nawaz's counsel, Khawaja Harris, can not make it to court as he is busy in the Supreme Court.

According to sources, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor's witness Malik Tayyab will record his statement in Al-Aziza reference.

The court adjourned the hearing into the corruption references against the Sharif family until December 4. He then filed an appeal in the Islamabad High Court against the decision.

The IHC had lashed out at the government over its handling of the protest and the army for its "undue" role in the agreement between the protesters and the government.

At the last hearing, Nawaz and Maryam submitted the requests to the courts seeking change in their exemption period. On the other hand two prosecution witnesses, Mukhtar and Umar Daraz, will record their statements in Avenfield properties and Flagship Investment.

The anti-graft body was given six weeks, from the date of the apex court's order, to file the reference in an accountability court while the accountability court was granted six months to wrap up the proceedings.

Nawaz Sharif is named in references regarding Avenfield properties, Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment; however, his daughter and her husband are named in reference regarding Avenfield properties alone.

On November 8, the accountability court had rejected a plea by Sharif to club all three cases together.

Safdar was also directed to take the court's permission before leaving the country from now on.

The cases are based on July 28 verdict by the Supreme Court which disqualified Sharif as the prime minister and ordered to launch three corruption cases against him and his family, and one case against finance minister Ishaq Dar.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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