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Sharifs’ request for exemption from court appearance rejected

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Thursday rejected a request by former premier Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz for exemption from personal appearance for seven days.  

Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law retired Captain Safdar appeared before the accountability court in connection with hearing of the Avenfield reference.

Star witness Wajid Zia, the head of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), continued recording his statement in the case today.

Judge Muhammad Bashir announced his verdict on the application of the Nawaz Sharif family seeking exemption.

He had earlier reserved the verdict after hearing arguments of their counsel and NAB prosecutor.

The former premier and his daughter filed the application requesting the accountability judge to grant them exemption from personal appearance for seven days starting from March 26 so that they could travel to London to see his wife Kulsoom Nawaz, who is battling cancer.

In their absence, the application said, Ali Aemal will represent Sharif while Maryam will be represented by Jahangir Jadoon.

A day earlier, Judge Muhammad Bashir disposed of an application seeking to determine to what extent the report of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) can be exhibited as admissible.

Khawaja Haris requested the court to restrict witness Wajid Zia only to relevant portions of the report.

The judge allowed the witness to record his statement on his own and declared that admissibility of evidence would be decided at the time of the final verdict.

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