Two prosecution witness statements have been recorded towards ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-regulation retired captain Muhammad Safdar in an accountability courtroom as a trial pertaining to 3 Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) references towards them went underway on Wednesday.
Because the trial started, the NAB prosecution introduced its first two witnesses in courtroom ─ Securities and Trade Fee of Pakistan (SECP) Joint Registrar Sidra Mansoor and Federal Board of Income (FBR) Inland Income Division consultant, Jahangir Ahmad ─ each of whom recorded their statements.
Mansoor recorded her assertion within the Avenfield flats reference, telling the courtroom that she had appeared earlier than the Investigation Officer in Lahore on August 18, and offered NAB paperwork containing the Sharif household’s monetary data.
“The data that NAB has introduced in courtroom maintain my signatures and thumb impressions,” Mansoor informed the courtroom, including that, amongst different issues, the data additionally contained audit studies of the Sharif household’s numerous companies.
In her assertion, Mansoor revealed that the Hudaibiya Paper Mills audit reviews persistently confirmed Rs4,946,000 within the firm’s accounts for 5 years between 2000 to 2005.
When Sharif’s lawyer, Khawaja Haris, was given the ground to cross-query the primary witness, he noticed that the audit reviews submitted by the SECP to NAB have been photocopies and didn’t have the corporate’s stamp on them.
Defending the authenticity of the paperwork, Mansoor stated that the photocopies have been offered to the SECP by the Sharifs’ firm as per the regulation.
FBR’s Jahangir Ahmad additionally recorded his witness assertion and stated that each one tax data that NAB had offered to the courtroom got to the accountability physique by his workplace.
Ahmad has been referred to as to seem in courtroom once more in Nov 22 for cross-questioning within the subsequent listening to of the case.
Earlier than the listening to started, each Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz filed separate purposes for exemption from future courtroom hearings.
The ousted PM, in his software, requested to be exempted from trial hearings until November 27 as the subsequent spell of his spouse’s chemotherapy is about to start.
“We’ve been collectively for forty years, I can not abandon my spouse in testing occasions,” Sharif reasoned in his software.
In her software, Maryam stated that she would current herself in courtroom each time there’s a listening to. Nevertheless, she requested the courtroom permit Jahangir Jadoon to symbolize her in courtroom in case she needed to depart the nation in case of an emergency.
The NAB prosecutors objected to each purposes, asserting that as neither Sharif nor his daughter are ailing, they shouldn’t be exempt from attending courtroom proceedings.
Accountability Courtroom Decide Muhammad Bashir is predicted to rule on each these purposes inside a day.
As Nawaz Sharif left the accountability courtroom, he spoke to the media and stated, “The Panamagate verdict was given to inform the accountability courtroom to ensure Nawaz Sharif is punished.”
He added that the language used within the Panamagate verdict mirrors the language that his political opponents use.
“These courts have double requirements. On one had we will all see the best way my case is being handled, on the opposite we see how different individuals’s instances are handled.”
The courtroom started proceedings towards the three accused despite the fact that the Islamabad Excessive Courtroom (IHC) admitted Sharif’s petition difficult the accountability courtroom’s refusal to membership three separate references towards him and fixed Nov 20 as the date for the next hearing.
That is the second time the previous PM moved the IHC to membership the three references. Earlier, the high court had accepted a petition and ordered on Nov three that the matter must be determined by the trial courtroom. Nevertheless, Accountability Judge Bashir had rejected the plea on Nov 8.
Sharif’s counsel sought a joint trial, arguing that the primary allegation in all three corruption references was the identical — that the belongings beneath the names of Hussain and Hassan Nawaz have been truly owned by Nawaz Sharif.
He pleaded that the three references had been supplemented by the Joint Investigation Staff (JIT) report, and 6 of the 9 witnesses have been widespread in references 18 and 19, whereas two out of 10 witnesses have been widespread in all three corruption references.
The petition stated the accountability courtroom’s order was based mostly on a gross misreading of the “information” on which it was purportedly based mostly.
Earlier, the accountability courtroom decide had held that the prosecution or the accused couldn’t insist on conducting a joint trial of offences, even when they have been comparable. The accused couldn’t justify the clubbing of all three references for a joint trial within the circumstances of the instances, the written order had stated.
The accountability decide had stated the request for a single trial had been made in view of the comfort of the accused, including that if joint fees have been framed, the information of every case might get combined up. Furthermore, the offences alleged within the three corruption references weren’t of the identical variety.
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 eight 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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