NAB team arrives in London to record statements of witnesses

Nawaz Sharif NAB

LONDON: A team of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has arrived here to record statements of two prosecution witnesses in the London-based Avenfield properties case against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and members of his family.

Accountability Court Judge Mohammad Bashir hearing corruption cases against the Sharif family had allowed two British nationals to testify in the case through video link from the Pakistani High Commission in London.

The team consisting of the bureau’s Deputy Prosecutor General Sardar Muzaffar and its director, will be present at the high commission during testimony of witnesses – Robert W Radley and Akhtar Raja – who could not come to Pakistan owing to security concerns.

When approached by Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz, the Islamabad High Court had allowed a counsel/representative of the ruling family to be present during recording of the statements.

Witness Robert W Radley is the principal at the Radley Forensic Document Laboratory and Akhtar Raja – nephew of the JIT head Wajid Zia- is the principal at the Quist Solicitors.

Radley had examined the Calibri font-scripted trust deed submitted by Maryam Nawaz to the Supreme Court (SC), which was declared fake.

JIT head summoned

A day earlier, the accountability judge summoned the joint investigation team (JIT) head Wajid Zia along with original report of the probe carried out into the Sharif family’s wealth in the Avenfield apartments case.

Judge Muhammad Bashir issued directives to Zia to show up on the request of a NAB prosecutor. He has been asked to appear on Feb 22 along with original record of the JIT.

The judge also directed former premier Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar to ensure their presence during the hearing on that day.

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