Nawaz to appear before accountability court again today

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Nawaz to appear before accountability court again today

ISLAMABAD: Incarcerated former premier Nawaz Sharif will appear again on Tuesday before an accountability court in Islamabad hearing the remaining two corruption references against him and his family.

 

Accountability court II Judge Mohammad Arshad Malik will resume hearing of Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment references.

 

During the hearing a day earlier, Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Harris had cross-questioned Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT) head and prosecution’s star witness Wajid Zia. Harris will continue the questioning today.

 

Adjourning the hearing, Judge Malik had directed Nawaz and Zia to appear in court again today.

 

On Monday, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Ijazul Ahsan ordered a six-week extension in the deadline for concluding the remaining two corruption references.

 

Judge Malik had submitted a written request to the Supreme Court seeking an extension to conclude the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment references.

 

The trial

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

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