Nawaz transferred ownership of Avenfield properties to children: NAB prosecutor

ISLAMABAD: According to National Accountability Bureau’s Deputy Prosecutor General Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi while presenting his concluding arguments on the fourth day said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif bought Avenfield properties with embezzled money which is why he transferred the ownership to his children.

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The Avenfield reference, pertaining to the Sharifs’ London properties, is among three filed against the family by NAB last year on the Supreme Court’s directives.

During the hearing on Friday, Abbasi also recalled Nawaz’s claim which he made in one of his speeches saying that those who buy property through corrupt means do not put it in their name.

He also added they have presented direct proofs of Nawaz being actual owner of the London flats.

At the previous hearing held a day earlier, Abbasi said Nawaz’s son Hussain shifted to the London flats in 1993 and even paid the utility bills, while Hasan moved there in 1994.

The two brothers, based abroad, have been absconding since the proceedings began last year and were declared proclaimed offenders by the court. Their trial in the high-profile corruption case has been separated from other family members’ owing to their continued absence.

The former premier recently requested the court to hear concluding arguments on all three cases together, however the petition was rejected by accountability judge Mohammad Bashir.

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