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Court rejects objections of Sharif’s lawyer
By Tariq Butt December 08, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: An accountability court in Islamabad on Thursday dismissed the objections raised by the counsel for ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif against a prosecution representative in a reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on the Supreme Court direction in the Panama Papers case.

Lawyer Ayesha Hamid, who assists the lead lawyer, Khawaja Haris, argued that since Noreen Shahzad’s name is not on the witness list, documents provided by her can not be counted as evidence.

“In what capacity has Shahzad submitted documents to the court?” she asked, adding that Shahzad was not able to present an authority letter from her employer.

The counsel said that the defence team was not informed of Shahzad’s involvement in the case.

The court after hearing arguments from both sides rejected the objections raised by Hamid against Shahzad’s status.

It ordered that documents presented by Shahzad be made a part of the case record.

The NAB prosecutor argued that Shahzad is now the manager of the bank where witness Tayyab was earlier employed.

He said Shahzad presented documents concerning Sharif’s bank accounts.

After dismissing the lawyer’s plea, the court resumed recording the statement of Tayyab, a bank official.

Sharif, who is in London, is being represented by Zaafir Khan Tareen before the court.

Transactions

Tayyab shared details regarding transactions between Sharif and his sons Hassan and Hussain.

According to him, Sharif withdrew $2,200 on Feb.7, and transferred $600,000 to his Pakistani currency account between March and May this year.

He also provided details of Sharif and his sons’ Euro and Pound Sterling accounts.

He said Hussain transferred £25,000 to his father’s account in December 2010, and Sharif transferred £25,000 to his own Pakistani currency account in 2015.

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