Nawaz Sharif owned London flats when he was PM, IO tells court

ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was the owner of London flats when he was holding public office, the investigation officer in the  Avenfield properties reference against Sharif family informed accountability court.

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“London flats were purchased through the offshore companies using someone else’s name to hide the ownership,” Imran dogar told court.

The investigation officer stated that Nawaz Sharif and his family were the owner Avenfield properties since 1993.

“Nawaz and his family failed to provide any source of income for purchasing these properties,” IO told accountability court.

He also revealed that accused were found involved in corrupt and corruption practices. He also added that the trust deeds which Maryam Nawaz submitted to the JIT were proven fake.

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.

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

The corruption references, filed against the Sharifs, 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.

The two brothers, based abroad, have been absconding since the proceedings began last year and were declared proclaimed offenders by the court.

The court originally had a deadline of six months which ended in mid-March but was extended for two months after the judge requested the apex court.

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