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Avenfield case: NAB to produce new witness against Sharifs

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) will produce a new witness against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family in the Avenfield properties case.

According to details, NAB Operations Director General (DG), Zahir Shah, will be the new witness as he would bring on record the new documents which he has acquired from the British government.

The NAB investigation officer and the DG operations will be key two persons to record their statements as majority of the witnesses have recorded their statements in the case.

The hearing will now resume on April 23.

According to the documents which Shah will have to present, the Sharif family’s London apartments were transferred to the possession of offshore companies Nielson and Nescoll in 1993-1995, and not in 2005-2006.

Earlier in his statements, Nawaz Sharif insisted that the Avenfield properties were transferred in the name of the companies in 2005-2006, moreover, they belonged to his children. But the documents suggest that in 1993-1995 Nawaz’s children Hussain and Hasan were young and did not have any source of income. Thus, they cannot be considered owners of the properties.

What is Avenfield properties case?

As per Avenfield Properties reference, Nawaz Sharif, his brood and his son-in-law, retired Captain Mohammad Safdar, had purchased four flats in Park Lane, UK, without legitimate financial means.

The case of the Sharif family’s upscale London flats is based on a reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on the Supreme Court’s directives last year.

As many as three corruption references had been filed against the Sharif family, on the directives of the top court which pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd, and Avenfield properties of London.

Nawaz Sharif and his sons Hussain and Hasan are accused in all three references whereas his daughter Maryam and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar are named in the Avenfield reference only.

 

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