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Verdict reserved in NAB references against Nawaz Sharif

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court has reserved its verdict in the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) Flagship Investment and Al-Azizia references against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
The verdict will be announced on December 24 (Monday).
Sharif’s counsel Khawaja Haris Wednesday asked accountability court judge Arshad Malik for additional time to furnish some documents. The request for more time was turned down by the judge, who however, told Haris that he can still submit the documents in the court by December 24.
Earlier, Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer submitted a plea to give another one week time to his client as he has to submit additional documents regarding his son Hassan Nawaz’s property details. NAB prosecutor opposed the plea, stating that these are delaying tactics by the accused.
AC judge Arshad Malik rejected Nawaz Sharif’s plea and reserved verdict on NAB references till December 24. On Tuesday, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor had concluded the final arguments in the case.
NAB prosecutor said that the transactions made earned Nawaz Sharif financial gains worth over 0.7million Dirham. Asserting the point he said that the transfer of amounts in question is a proven fact supported with ample evidence.
On December 17, Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer Khawaja Haris had given the concluding arguments in the third and last reference of the case.
It is worth mentioning here that the cases against Nawaz family stemmed from the Panama Papers leak that disclosed expensive and undeclared property allegedly owned by them in London.
Former PM Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain Safdar were convicted and sentenced to prison for ten years, seven years and one year respectively in Avenfield verdict.
However, the convictions were suspended by Islamabad High Court and they were released from Adiala jail till final decision.

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