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Nawaz summoned by accountability court on Aug 13 in pending corruption references

ISLAMABAD: Convicted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who is currently incarcerated, has been summoned by an accountability court on August 13 in the pending two corruption references against the Sharif family.

The accountability court on Thursday summoned Nawaz in hearing of Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment references. Accountability Judge Arshad Malik, issued the order.

The judge inquired from National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) Deputy Prosecutor General Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi about the progress in two remaining corruption references. The NAB prosecutor informed the accountability court judge, “After Wajid Zia, only one more witness statement is pending for recording.”

“Altogether there are three suspects in both the references. However, the investigation is in process against Nawaz while his sons, Hasan and Hussain, have already been declared absconders in the case.” The hearing then postponed till Monday.

Previously on August 7, Islamabad High Court (IHC) ordered to transfer the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment references against Ex PM Nawaz and his family to different court, the decision was result of acceptance of a plea filed by Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Haris.

The high court, which had already reserved its order after National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi concluded his arguments, decided in the favor of the Sharif family.

The two member bench of IHC, consist of Justice Mian Gul Hassan and Justice Amir Farooq, had ordered the transferring of these cases on Nawaz’s request.

The Sharif family had also appealed against the verdict in the Avenfield reference. IHC has associated these two references, which are being heard by the same two-member bench.

On 6th July, an accountability court had given a verdict for sentencing Nawaz for 11 years in prison and  imposed £8 million fine (Rs1.3 billion) in the corruption reference, his daughter Maryam was sentenced for eight years with £2 million fine (Rs335 million). in addition to that Nawaz’s son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar was handed one year sentence.

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