ISLAMABAD:Accountability Court Islamabad has adjourned hearing of NAB references against Sharif family till Wednesday.
A motorcade comprising of at least 30 vehicle escorted former PM to the accountability court amid tight security.
During Tuesday’s appearance before Judge Mohammad Bashir, Sharif and his family members requested that the three corruption cases against them be merged into one. Judge Bashir, reserved judgement on the plea of the former PM to club his three references which is expected to be pronounced tomorrow.
Earlier, Counsel of Mian Nawaz Sharif and prosecutor National Accountability Bureau completed their arguments on the request of Mian Nawaz Sharif for hearing of the three reference together.
Khawaja Haris, the counsel of former Prime Minister, argued there should be one reference and one trial as references are identical and witnesses are also same.
NAB prosecutor opposed hearing of the three reference together.
Shortly before Sharif’s arrival in court, Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb said Sharif’s hands were clean and he is not afraid to face the charges.
This is the third time Sharif family jointly appeared before the court. The three are co-accused in three corruption cases stemming from documents leaked from a Panamanian law firm.
It is pertinent to know that, the court had exempted all three members of the Sharif family from appearing before it today. However, deposed PM along with his daughter and son in-law has decided to attend the proceedings.
The allegations against the family stem from the Panama Papers leaks in 2016 that appeared to show that Maryam and her two brothers owned offshore holding companies registered in the British Virgin Islands and used them to buy upscale flats in London.
A Supreme Court-appointed investigatory panel deemed that the family’s wealth did not match its income, and accused Maryam and her brothers of signing forged documents to obscure ownership of offshore companies used to buy the London flats.
The panel’s report was the basis for the Supreme Court ruling disqualifying Sharif and ordering the NAB investigation and a trial.
The high court ordered the trial to be concluded within six months, which would likely bring a verdict before general elections due next year.