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Prosecutor, defence lawyer exchange harsh words during Al-Azizia reference hearing

Prosecutor, defence lawyer exchange harsh words during Al-Azizia reference hearing

RAWALPINDI Accountability court on Wednesday has resumed hearing of Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference against Sharif family.

During the proceedings headed by Justice Mohammad Arshad Malik, harsh words were exchanged between National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor Muzaffar Abbasi and defence lawyer Khawaja Harris.

The prosecutor said that ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer is continuing cross-examination of the same witness over the last three months.

Harris responded that Abbasi is the reason behind wasting court’s time as he usually raises baseless objections.

Convicted and sentenced

It is to be mentioned here that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Captain Safdar were convicted and sentenced to prison in absentia for ten years, seven years and one year respectively, in Avenfield verdict that is likely to further disrupt an already chaotic campaign for national elections this month.

Maryam Nawaz and Captain (r) Safdar, who were candidates for the forthcoming general elections were also disqualified from contesting elections for 10 years each.

The sentence and a fine of 8 million pounds, or $10.6 million, came almost a year after Supreme Court removed Sharif from office and less than five months after the court barred him from holding office for life.

Nawaz Sharif was convicted under section 9(a)(5) of the NAB ordinance.

The case stemmed from the Panama Papers leak that disclosed expensive and undeclared property owned by the Sharif family in London.

Arrested and shifted to Adiala Jail

Safdar was arrested by the NAB authorities in Rawalpindi on July 9 while Nawaz Sharif and Maryam were taken into custody by the officials few minutes after their flight landed at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport on Friday night and shifted to Adiala Jail.

Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir, who was present in the jail, issued warrants for imprisonment for Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz. A team of doctors conducted the medical checkup of both the accused and declared them fit.

Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz were then shifted to B-Class facility in Adiala Jail.

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