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Court asked to determine admissibility of documents submitted in Avenfield case

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Tuesday reserved its verdict on a plea of former premier Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer seeking to determine which documents presented by Joint Investigation Team (JIT) head Wajid Zia in the Avenfield reference could be admitted as admissible evidence.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law retired Captain Safdar appeared before the court as Judge Muhammad Bashir resumed hearing of the case pertaining to their London-based Avenfield properties.

The judge is likely to announce the verdict on the application tomorrow and adjourned the hearing of the case till March 22.

Wajid Zia, head of the JIT that probed the Sharifs’ wealth, continued to record his statement in the case today.

He submitted several documents, including the Iqama,  the offshore companies’ flow charts, the trust deeds of Neilsen, and Nescol companies, Robert Redly’s forensic report on Calibri font.

Maryam Nawaz’s lawyer Amjad Pervez raised objections on non-submission of certain documents by Zia, who has been named as a witness in the case. He also opposed making what he said unverified documents a part of the court proceedings.

Khawaja Haris, meanwhile,  filed the application seeking to determine which documents submitted by Zia could be deemed as admissible evidence.

Sharif along with his sons – Hussain and Hassan – has been named in three references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in compliance with the Supreme Court’s landmark July 28 verdict last year, while his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Capt. Safdar have been nominated in the Avenfield properties reference.

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