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NAB concludes arguments in Flagship reference against Nawaz

NAB concludes arguments in Flagship reference against Nawaz

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor concluded his final arguments in the Flagship Investment corruption reference against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday, a day after the latter’s counsel Khawaja Haris closed his arguments in the case.

Accountability Judge Arshad Malik directed the parties to give additional arguments on the Supreme Court’s decision in the Panama Papers case until 1 pm on Wednesday.

Earlier, Nawaz Sharif had excused himself from presenting his defence in the Flagship corruption reference. Previously, the accused had refused to present his defence in two references pertaining to the Avenfield and Al-Azizia cases.

On December 7, the SC had directed the accountability court hearing the remaining two corruption references against the Sharif family to conclude the cases by December 24.

Earlier, seven extensions to wrap up the corruption references initiated by NAB were granted by the apex court.

The Supreme Court had initially set a six-month deadline to conclude the four corruption references against the Sharif family.

The trial against the Sharif family commenced on September 14, 2017.

On July 6, after four extensions in the original six-month deadline to conclude all three cases, the court announced its verdict in the Avenfield reference.

Nawaz and his sons, Hussain and Hasan, are accused in all three references whereas Maryam and Safdar were accused in the Avenfield reference only.