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Al-Azizia reference: Court rejects petition to transfer case | Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The accountability courtroom listening to corruption circumstances in opposition to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his household rejected on Thursday their petition to transfer the Al-Azizia corruption reference to one other decide.

Last week, the courtroom sentenced Nawaz, daughter Maryam and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar to jail within the Avenfield properties reference. After the courtroom’s verdict, the remaining circumstances pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment, and offshore corporations together with Flagship Investment Limited. 

Moreover, the Supreme Court has given the accountability decide six extra weeks to conclude the remaining circumstances. 

As at this time’s listening to went below approach, Nawaz’s lawyer Khawaja Haris and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi appeared in courtroom. 

The prosecution requested for extra time to current a copy of the apex courtroom’s order for an extension in wrapping up the corruption references in opposition to Nawaz and former finance minister Ishaq Dar. 

After a short adjournment, the NAB prosecutor stated that the Supreme Court’s extension order was but to be obtained. To this, the decide requested what the apex courtroom’s order entailed. Abbasi responded six-week extension had been granted to the anti-graft physique to wrap up the corruption references. The decide remarked that it was but to be seen what the Supreme Court order acknowledged.    

Haris then requested the courtroom to subject an order on his plea to transfer the remaining circumstances to one other decide. 

Judge Bashir responded by saying that he didn’t have the mandate to transfer the reference after indictments. The defence then requested for the listening to to be adjourned until Tuesday so it might contact the related discussion board — Islamabad High Court.  

The NAB prosecutor, nonetheless, argued that Judge Bashir ought to hear the case as he had indicted the accused and the listening to had been presided over by him since day one. “It would be better if you [Judge Bashir] hear this reference,” Abbasi remarked.  

The defence counsel contended that the decision already introduced by Judge Bashir was widespread with the opposite references.

“We should see justice getting served too,” stated Nawaz’s lawyer, including that the matter had been raised within the Supreme Court to convey it to the apex courtroom’s consideration. 

Remarking that solely the excessive courtroom held the mandate to transfer the case, Judge Bashir rejected the transfer petition. 

The listening to was then adjourned until July 17.     

The trial

The trial in opposition to the Sharif household had commenced on September 14, 2017.

On July 6, after 4 extensions within the unique six-month deadling to conclude all three circumstances, the courtroom introduced its verdict within the Avenfield reference. 

Nawaz was sentenced to a complete of 11 years in jail and slapped a £eight million nice (Rs1.three billion) whereas Maryam was sentenced to eight years with a £2 million nice (Rs335 million). Moreover, Maryam’s husband, Capt (retd) Safdar, was sentenced to one 12 months in jail. 

Nawaz and his sons, Hussain and Hasan, are accused in all three references whereas Maryam and Safdar had been accused within the Avenfield reference solely.

The two brothers, primarily based overseas, have been absconding because the proceedings started final 12 months and had been declared proclaimed offenders by the courtroom.

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