ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam, and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar will record their statements in the Avenfield properties reference on Friday.
The orders got by the accountability courtroom because it resumed listening to the corruption instances in opposition to the previous premier and his household at present.
Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir noticed that the accused might be given a questionnaire at present with regards to their recording of statements on Friday.
At the final listening to on Wednesday (yesterday), National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi had pleaded the courtroom to record the assertion of Nawaz and his household in the Avenfield case.
After Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Haris and Abbasi accomplished their arguments on the request, the courtroom reserved its verdict on the plea.
It ready a questionnaire to be introduced to the accused as a prelude to recording their assertion, a replica of which had been handed over to their counsels later in the day.
The accused would record their statements as per the questionnaire.
Wajid Zia’s cross-examination
Moreover, throughout at present’s listening to, Nawaz’s counsel started the cross-examining of the prosecution’s star witness, Wajid Zia, in the Al Azizia reference.
Zia, an extra director on the Federal Investigation Agency, headed the Panama case joint investigation crew (JIT) which probed the Sharif household’s property final 12 months.
Nawaz and his daughter Maryam have been current in the accountability courtroom at present.
The listening to of the Al Azizia reference was then adjourned till Monday, when the cross-examination will proceed.
At the final listening to, Zia had accomplished recording his assertion in the accountability courtroom.
Zia has beforehand testified in opposition to the Sharif household in Avenfield reference, over which Harris cross-examined him for 10 days.
The Al Azizia Steel Mills reference is amongst three filed in opposition to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his household by the NAB final 12 months on the Supreme Court’s directives.
The corruption instances
The corruption references, filed in opposition to the Sharifs, pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment, offshore corporations together with Flagship Investment Ltd, and Avenfield properties of London.
NAB had earlier filed interim references in all three instances and later added supplementary references to them with new proof and witnesses.
Nawaz and sons Hussain and Hasan are accused in all three references whereas his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Safdar are accused in the Avenfield reference solely.
The courtroom initially had a deadline of six months which ended in mid-March however was prolonged for 2 months after the decide requested the apex courtroom.
Later, on May 9, the trial courtroom’s second plea for a deadline extension was accredited by the Supreme Court which gave a month to either side to end the corruption instances.