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Nawaz appears before NAB court in Flagship reference

Nawaz appears before NAB court in Flagship reference

ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday appeared before an accountability court to attend the hearing of Flagship corruption reference.

Accountability court judge Arshad Malick will take up the case while counsel for Nawaz is likely to cross-examine the investigation officer Mohammad Kamran in the graft case filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the light of the Panamagate verdict last year.

It is also expected that the former premier will be handed over a questionnaire in the case to record his statement in the case.

Earlier, Sharif completed his testimony in Al-Azizia corruption reference under the Criminal Procedure Code. He had termed the probe conducted by the Panamagate joint investigation team pertaining to a corruption reference biased and baseless.

“This case was formed against me on the basis of allegations levelled by my political opponents and a one-sided report of the joint investigation team (JIT),” he said.

As many as three references have been filed against the former premier in line with the directives of the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case verdict – a decision that ousted Nawaz Sharif from the PM House in July last year.

The accountability court judge Muhammad Bashir had sentenced elder Sharif to ten years in the Avenfield reference. However, the conviction was suspended by a two-member bench of the Islamabad High Court.

NAB has moved the Supreme Court against the decision of the Islamabad High Court which will hear the case on December 12.