Nawaz confused over defense in Al-Azizia, Flagships references
A hearing was held at the accountability court in Islamabad on Tuesday, regarding the Al-Azizia and Flagship references.
It has been reported that Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is still mulling over whether he should present his defense in the Al-Azizia and Flagship reference cases.
The Former Prime Minister could not reach a decision whether or not he wanted to mount a defense in the case or not.
During the hearing, Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer Khawaja Haris has requested the court to cross-examine the investigation officer. He said that Nawaz will conclude his statements and responses to the question on Thursday.
To his request, Judge Malik responded, “It would have been better had Nawaz concluded his responses today”.
The lawyer reassured the court that Nawaz would be present in court on Thursday.
SC gives three weeks to wrap up the proceedings
The Supreme Court has given a three-week deadline to wrap up proceedings in Al-Azizia and Flagship corruption references against Nawaz Sharif, filed by the National Accountability Bureau.
The decision comes following a request submitted by the accountability court on November 16. The court has sought another extension to conclude remaining corruption cases against the former premier.
What does the investigation officer say?
The statement of investigation officer Mohammad Kamran was also recorded,“It was not him but Muhammad Wasif who wrote the letter, but the process of sending the letter was initiated by him.”
During the hearing, the NAB prosecutor and the defense counsel continued their arguments for making the new documents part of the case record.
Sharif’s lawyer Haris contended before the court as to why these documents were not presented when NAB officer Zahir Shah, who corresponded with the UK central authority, appeared as a witness before the court.
Earlier, the Chief Justice Saqib Nisar had warned that the judge would be held responsible if the case was not decided within the deadline.
During the hearing, an additional judge remarked that since the trial has to be concluded within three weeks, the questions in the Flagship reference should be kept to a minimum. He further added that there would be 70-75 questions at most in the Flagship reference for Nawaz to answer.
Source: The Express Tribune