Arrangements in place for Nawaz trial in Al-Azizia, Flagship references

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ISLAMABAD : Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif will appear in an accountability court Monday which will mark the beginning of his trial in Al Azizia and Flagship references.

Monday will mark the PML-N supremo’s first appearance out of Adiala jail premises in a month. Authorities have completed foolproof security arrangements for the hearing in the federal judicial complex.

The accountability court on Thursday ordered officials concerned to produce Nawaz Sharif before the court in corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

During the hearing headed by Justice Mohammad Arshad Malik, NAB’s Deputy Prosecutor General Sardar Muzaffar said that the Islamabad High Court (IHC) accepted Nawaz s plea to transfer the references.

The former premier is serving prison sentence in Avenfield reference while his sons Hassan and Hussain Nawaz have been declared absconders as they are not appearing in the court, he added.

The deputy prosecutor general said that Nawaz was not presented before the court after his arrest due to security concerns.

Subsequently, the court also ordered Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT) head Wajid Zia to attend the hearing on Monday.

Earlier, bench, hearing Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retired) Safdar’s plea against their sentences in Avenfield reference, dissolved after Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza recused himself from the case.