ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Thursday rejected the petition to transfer the Al-Azizia corruption reference against the Sharif family from Judge Muhammad Bashir's court.
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members are facing three corruption references in the accountability court — Avenfield Properties, Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investments — in which they are accused of money laundering, tax evasion and hiding offshore assets. <link> <link>
The hearing went underway after Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer Khawaja Haris and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi appeared in the accountability court.
The defence counsel asked for more time to present a copy of the apex court's order for an extension in wrapping up the corruption references against Nawaz and former finance minister Ishaq Dar.
The hearing was then adjourned till 12pm.
As the court resumed the hearing, the NAB prosecutor said that the Supreme Court's extension order was yet to be received. To this, the judge asked what the apex court's order entailed. Abbasi responded that a six-week extension had been granted to the anti-graft body to wrap up the corruption references. The judge remarked that it was yet to be seen what Supreme Court order said.
Haris then requested the court to issue an order on the transfer request. Judge Bashir responded by saying that he did not have the mandate to transfer the reference after indictment. The defence then requested for the hearing to be adjourned till Tuesday so it could contact the relevant forum.