An accountability courtroom in Islamabad on Tuesday morning started conducting a listening to into three corruption references filed towards former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his shut relations by the Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Accountability Decide Mohammad Bashir is conducting the listening to, which is at present underway.
Malik Tayyab, a prosecution witness related to Normal Chartered Financial institution, is presently presenting his assertion towards the ousted prime minister, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-regulation retired captain Muhammad Safdar.
The witness has offered particulars of cheques issued to Maryam and others from the previous premier’s checking account.
Tayyab has informed the courtroom that on thirteen June 2015, a cheque value Rs12 million was issued to Maryam. One other cheque value Rs28.8m was issued to her later that yr, on 15 November.
On 14 August 2016, Nawaz issued a cheque value Rs19.5m to his daughter, the witness has informed the courtroom.
Advocate Khawaja Harris, the counsel representing Nawaz, is current within the courtroom in the present day as is Advocate Amjad Pervez Bhatti who represents the previous premier’s youngsters.
The previous premier’s son-in-regulation, who’s current in courtroom, has put ahead a request to be exempted from showing earlier than the courtroom for 15 days. In his absence, Safdar shall be represented by Advocate Faisal Irfan.
The decide is predicted to rule on the request later immediately.
The ousted prime minister and his daughter will shortly depart for London from Lahore airport after the previous was granted every week-lengthy exemption from showing in courtroom from Dec 5 to Dec eleven during yesterday’s hearing.
On Monday, Maryam had, too, put ahead a request for exemption from look earlier than the courtroom nevertheless it was rejected. The courtroom had famous that she had already acquired such an exemption earlier from Nov 15 to Dec 15, which was nonetheless intact.
Nawaz will stay in London for 5 days. His spouse, Kulsoom Nawaz, has been present process medical remedy within the British capital for a while now.
A 5-member bench of the Supreme Courtroom on July 28 had directed NAB to file references towards Nawaz and his youngsters in six weeks within the accountability courtroom and directed the trial courtroom to determine the references inside six months.
The Supreme Courtroom additionally assigned Justice Ijazul Ahsan a supervisory position to watch the progress of the accountability courtroom proceedings.
NAB had filed three references on Sept 8 towards Sharif and his household, and one other reference towards Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. The three references towards the Sharif household are associated to the Flagship Funding Ltd, the Avenfield (London) properties and Jeddah-based mostly Al-Azizia Firm and Hill Metallic Institution.
The previous premier and his sons, Hassan and Hussain, have been named in all three NAB references, whereas Maryam and husband Safdar have been named solely within the Avenfield reference.
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