Sharifs’ objections on supplementary reference in Avenfield case rejected

Sharifs’ objections on supplementary reference in Avenfield case rejected

Islamabad (Staff Report): An accountability court on Tuesday rejected former prime minister Nawaz Sharif family’s objections on a supplementary reference field by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in London properties case.

Judge Mohammad Bashir took up the cases after former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam, and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar reached the court.

As the hearing began, Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Harris raises objections on the supplementary reference in the London flats case. He argued that the reference contained no new thing or evidence. He asked the court to reject.

NAB’s prosecutor during argument said that the supplementary reference has been filed after getting new evidence in the case.

The NAB prosecutor had also filed an application before the court, requesting it to allow examining two witnesses who are in the United Kingdom via a video link.

In order to record statements, the court has summoned all the witnesses. NAB also pleaded the court to allow the UK-based witnesses to record their statements through video link.

The NAB filed three references against Nawaz and his family in light of the Supreme Court’s July 28 judgment in the Panama Papers case.

The three references include the London flats,  Al-Azizia Steel Mills and offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd.

The hearing has been adjourned until February 2.