NAB court adjourns Al-Azizia case owing to Wajid Zia's absence

09:51 AM | 23 Apr, 2018
NAB court adjourns Al-Azizia case owing to Wajid Zia's absence
ISLAMABAD - An accountability court on Monday adjourned the hearing of a corruption case regarding Al-Azizia Steel Mills against Sharif family till Tuesday as a key prosecution witness, Wajid Zia, did not appear for testifying.

Former Prime ‏‏Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and his son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar reached the court to face the trial in Avenfield properties and Al-Azizia references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the light of Panamagate verdict.

The court will resume hearing of the Avenfield case on 2pm.

Nawaz and Maryam arrived in Pakistan on Sunday night after meeting Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, who is in London for her cancer treatment.

They had sought a week-long exemption from appearing in the court, however, Judge Mohammad Bashir on Friday granted only a one-day exemption.

At the last hearing, the court had approved a plea submitted by the NAB to submit new evidence and witness.

NAB Operations Director General Zahir Shah, who is the new witness, has been ordered by the court to bring documents acquired by him from the British government regarding the London properties.

The NAB investigation officer and the DG operations will be the last two persons to record their statements in the case.

The latest documents acquired by Shah claims that 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.

However, the former prime minister in various statements has claimed that the flats were transferred in 2005-2006.