Avenfield case: Court to announce verdict on July 6

ISLAMABAD: The accountability court, hearing the Avenfield reference against the Sharif family, has reserved it verdict in the case, which will be announced on July 6.

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Nawaz and his family are facing three corruption cases in the accountability court after the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) filed references against them in light of the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Panama Papers case last year.

The accountability court resumed hearing the case on Tuesday, where Maryam Nawaz and Captain (retd) Safdar’s counsel presented his final arguments.

Judge Mohammad Bashir, during the hearing on June 29, had directed Maryam’s counsel Amjad Pervez to conclude his final arguments on July 2 in any case.

Nawaz and Maryam are in London tending to Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.

Objecting to the request, NAB Deputy Prosecutor General Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi had claimed Begum Kulsoom is much better now and thus there is no need for the two accused to be in London.

The court had accepted a two-day exemption plea.

The court also summoned Federal Investigation Agency Additional Director Wajid Zia, who headed the Panama case JIT, tomorrow morning for the Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference.

The trial against the Sharif family had commenced on September 14, 2017.

It is pertinent to mention here that NAB has filed corruption references under the directives of the apex court against the Sharif family, pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd, and Avenfield properties of London.

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 only.

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