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Nawaz Sharif brought to court from Adiala Jail

August 28, 2018

Jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has arrived at the accountability court II in Islamabad on Tuesday.

He was brought from the Adiala Jail for the hearing of the two remaining corruption references against him and his family – Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment case.

Accountability court II judge Arshad Malik will resume the hearing. Sharif’s lawyer will continue his cross-questioning of the prosecution’s star witness and Panama Papers JIT’s head, Wajid Zia.

On Monday, judge Malik asked during the hearing that how many letters the Qatari prince had written. “We have only heard of these letters, did anything actually happen?” he asked. The JIT members did not go to the Qatari prince nor did he come to them, observed the judge.

When there has been no progress, then the entire matter can be summed up in a single sentence, he said. Just write that the Qatari prince came to Pakistan but the JIT did not go to him and that is why the letters could not be verified.

“Wajid Zia sahib you could have gone to the Qatari prince’s residence to record his statement,” argued Khawaja Haris, the counsel of Sharif. He asked whether there was some legal hindrance that prevented him from going to the Qatari prince’s house to record the statement.

Zia replied that going to someone’s house to record a statement was not a “good practice”.

Adjourning the hearing, judge Malik had directed Sharif and Zia to appear in court again on Tuesday.


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