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Court admits new documents presented by Nawaz’s defence

ISLAMABAD: The accountability court hearing the corruption references against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday rejected the objections of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and allowed to make the documents pertaining to sale of Hussain Nawaz’s property as part of the case record.

Resuming hearing of additional arguments in the Flagship Investments reference, Judge Arshad Malik accepted the fresh documents submitted by Sharif’s defence team and made them part of the case record.

The court also turned down the defence’s request to further delay the verdicts in the Flagship Investments and Al-Azizia references.

Earlier, NAB prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi opposed the defence’s move stating that the new documents were not mentioned in the financial statements. The companies were in loss, he argued.

The NAB prosecutor argued that the trial court had reserved its judgement after the defence informed the court regarding completion of its evidence and arguments. There were no provisions in the law to present more documents in case at this stage, he argued, adding that the accused had been given full opportunities to submit documents in their defence during the trial.

At this, the judge noted that during the last hearing he had allowed the defence team to produce more documents before the judgement.

The judge remarked that the case was that the former prime minister had made properties abroad under the names of his sons. He observed that whether this property was now sold out or not had no impact on the trial.

The court will announce the joint verdict in the two references on Monday.

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