SC to hear case seeking extension in references’ deadline against Sharifs tomorrow


ISLAMABAD: A three-member bench of the Supreme court headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar will conduct a hearing on  Monday of a letter written by National Accountability (NAB) Court II judge, seeking extension in deadline to finish the trial in remaining two references against Sharif family.

The accountability court judge, hearing corruption references against the Sharif family, has written a letter to the Supreme Court seeking extension in deadline to finish the trials in remaining two references.

The apex court had initially given a 6-month deadline to the accountability court for concluding the trials, however, the Accountability Court-1 judge took the extension in the deadline four times.

The judge, in his letter, has requested the Supreme Court for the extension to conclude Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment references, the sources said.

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

Accountability court Judge Mohammad Bashir had announced the verdict handing the ousted prime minister 10 years as jail time and seven years to his daughter Maryam Nawaz.

The trial against the Sharif family commenced on September 14, 2017. Nawaz and his sons, Hussain and Hasan, are accused in all three references whereas Maryam and Safdar were accused in the Avenfield reference only.

The two brothers, based abroad, have been absconding since the proceedings began last year and were declared proclaimed offenders by the court.