NAB files supplementary reference against Nawaz Sharif

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday filed a supplementary reference against the ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif in the accountability court, which is hearing three corruption references against him and his family members.

The supplementary reference filed against Nawaz Sharif and four others in the Avenfield property reference has fresh evidence along with seven new prosecution witnesses, two of them from the Britain.

NAB’s prosecutor apprised the court that initial statement of the witnesses based in the United Kingdom have been recorded. He said one of the witnesses belongs to a private television channel, whereas two others are the NAB’s employees.

He said Forensic expert Robert Radley and a close relative of the head of Panama Papers case Joint Investigative Team, Federal Investigation Agency’s Additional Director Wajid Zia, will be the witnesses in the case. Two other witnesses are affiliated with the information ministry.

The court was also told that excerpts of Tv interviews of Nawaz, Maryam, Hasan and Hussain are also part of the evidence.

The ousted premier and his sons Hassan and Hussain Nawaz, are facing three graft references pertaining to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills, Hill Metals Establishment, their London (Avenfield) properties, and over a dozen offshore companies, including Flagship Investment Ltd.

Whereas, Maryam Nawaz and her husband Captain (r) Safdar are facing only the Avenfield property reference.

The Supreme Court in its July 28, 2017 verdict in the Panama Papers case had disqualified Nawaz Sharif as prime minister and directed NAB to file three corruption references against him and his children and the accountability court wrap up the proceedings within six months.