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Courtroom requested to report Nawaz’s assertion in Al-Azizia reference

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ISLAMABAD: The prosecution within the Al-Azizia reference on Wednesday accomplished the presentation of its proof and requested the accountability court docket to report the assertion of ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif within the case.

Final prosecution witness Mehboob Alam — an investigation officer of the Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) — within the stated reference was the 22nd witness produced earlier than the accountability court docket since October final yr, following indictment of Mr Sharif within the Al-Azizia/Hill Metallic Institution reference.

Nevertheless, lead defence counsel of Mr Sharif Khawaja Haris Ahmed stated that he wouldn’t turn out to be a part of the proceedings if such a path was handed because it was earlier determined that court docket would proceed listening to each references concurrently.

Accountability court docket Decide Mohammad Arshad Malik remarked that since he had written a letter to the Supreme Courtroom looking for extension within the deadline to conclude the reference in Al-Azizia and Flagship references, subsequently, the technique could be outlined in accordance with the rules of the apex court docket.

Throughout cross-examination, Mr Alam admitted that Mr Sharif by no means claimed that he was the proprietor of the businesses [Azizia & HME] throughout his addresses and statements recorded earlier than the Supreme Courtroom and JIT. Aside from the investigating the accused, he admitted, no different beneficiaries of the property have been investigated or related within the investigation. He stated he didn’t examine about Sharif household’s firms that have been operational or closed down.

As well as, he stated, he didn’t report assertion of any one that had information about distribution of shares within the firms owned by Sharif household. Additionally, he conceded that Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz Sharif — who’s at the moment in NAB’s custody in reference to a housing rip-off — had knowledgeable JIT that their father late Mian Sharif used to bear bills of Hussain, Hassan and Hamza Shahbaz.

“No witness has stated that Hussain and Hasan Nawaz supported Nawaz in establishing Hill Metallic Institution,” Mr Alam stated, including that no witness had stated something concerning when the Al-Azizia metal mill was established, or concerning its sponsor funding. He stated no person from the Chaudhry Sugar mills, Hudaibya mills and numerous different firms in query — who’ve information on the matter — have been included within the investigation.

The court docket adjourned additional continuing until Thursday (at present).

Printed in , October 11th, 2018

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