Flagship reference case: AC allows NAB to submit new documents



The Accountability Court on Friday allowed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to submit new documents against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the Flagship reference.

The Accountability Court Judge, Arshad Malik resumed the hearing of the case during which Khawaja Harris submitted his client Nawaz Sharif’s exemption plea.

Nawaz Sharif could not appear before the court due to security issues and sought a one-day exemption from hearing of the case pertaining to Flagship Investments reference.

That the cases against Nawaz family stemmed from the Panama Papers leak that disclosed expensive and undeclared property allegedly owned by them in London.

Former PM Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar were convicted and sentenced to prison for 10 years, seven years and one year respectively in the Avenfield verdict.

However, the convictions were suspended by Islamabad High Court and they were released from Adiala jail till final decision.

During the hearing on Thursday, the prosecution filed an application seeking to submit a response on Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) over the case.

Nawaz’s legal representative, however, objected to the move.

Furthermore, an investigation officer in the reference also submitted evidence such as a compact disc containing recordings of speeches the former premier had made before the National Assembly and his address to the nation in the wake of the Panama Papers scandal, arguing that Nawaz’s stance in the speeches was different from one he had taken before the apex court.

The investigation officer further requested the court to include additional evidence on record. However, the hearing was postponed till Friday after objections were raised by the defence counsel. NNI