Nawaz Sharif again appears before court in remaining 2 graft cases

Vastavam web: Pakistan’s imprisoned former prime minister Nawaz Sharif today again appeared before an anti-corruption court in the remaining two graft cases against him and his family, a media report said. The 68-year-old PML-N leader appeared before the court as accountability court II Judge Mohammad Arshad Malik resumed hearing of Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment cases, Geo news reported.

Sharif’s counsel Khawaja Harris cross-questioned Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT) head and prosecution’s witness Wajid Zia, the report said. Judge Malik had submitted a written request to the Supreme Court seeking an extension to conclude the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment cases. The court also directed accountability judge Malik to submit a progress report of the case to the apex court on a weekly basis.

Sharif, along with his daughter Maryam, 44 and son-in-law Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar, 54, are already serving jail terms of 10-years, seven years and one year respectively in the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi, after the accountability court convicted them on July 6 over the family’s ownership of four luxury flats in London through illegal means. Three corruption cases were filed against Sharif and family last year following a decision by Supreme Court on July 28 of the same year. Apart from Sharif, his two sons -Hassan and Hussian – are also co-accused in all the three corruption cases.