Thursday Aug 09, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Accountability Court II summoned deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday in two pending corruption references against him and his family.
The order came as Judge Arshad Malik heard the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment references on Thursday.
Judge Malik also directed the prosecution to present Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT) head and prosecution's star witness Wajid Zia for the hearing on August 13.
As the hearing went under way, Judge Malik questioned National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) Deputy Prosecutor General Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi regarding the progress in investigations into the two remaining corruption references.
The NAB prosecutor told the accountability court judge, "After Wajid Zia, only one more witness's statements need to be recorded."
"There are three suspects in both the references. Investigation is ongoing against Nawaz while his sons, Hasan and Hussain, have already been declared absconders in the case," he further said.
The hearing was then adjourned till Monday.
On August 7, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) transferred the two references to Accountability Court II.
A two-member bench of the IHC, comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, ordered the transfer of the cases on Nawaz's plea.
Nawaz’s legal counsel had filed an appeal requesting the court to transfer the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment references from the court of Accountability Judge-I Mohammad Bashir to another accountability court.
On July 6, accountability court Judge Mohammad Bashir had announced the verdict in the Avenfield properties corruption reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), handing the ousted prime minister 10 years as jail time and seven years to his daughter Maryam Nawaz.
The trial against the Sharif family commenced on September 14, 2017.
On July 6, after four extensions in the original six-month deadline to conclude all three cases, the court announced its verdict in the Avenfield reference.
Nawaz and his sons, Hussain and Hasan, are accused in all three references whereas Maryam and Safdar were 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.
On July 10, the Supreme Court granted another six-week extension for Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir to conclude the remaining corruption references against Nawaz and former finance minister Ishaq Dar.