AC makes prosecution witness documents part of record

ISLAMABAD – The Accountability Court Islamabad Thursday turned down a plea of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s counsel against inclusion of documents provided by a prosecution witness in the court.

While hearing Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Company reference against Sharif family, AC judge Muhammad Bashir rejected the objections raised by Nawaz’s counsel Ayesha Hamid against the inclusion of Noreen Shahzad in the witness list.

During the hearing, National Accountability Bureau prosecutor contended that Noreen Shahzad is now manager of the bank where Tayyab was earlier employed. He said that Noreen Shahzad has presented documents related to Nawaz Sharif’s bank accounts. “Noreen Shahzad did not appear as a witness and only provided records, however, Tayyab Ahmed is the main witness,” NAB prosecutor told the court.

The former prime minister was represented by his pleader Advocate Zafir Khan Tareen.

On December 6, NAB Prosecutor Wasiq Malik had submitted a plea before the court seeking inclusion of documents provided by Noreen Shahzad who replaced Tayyab as branch manager of the Standard Chartered Bank in the witness record.

Ayesha Hamid opposed inclusion of Noreen in the witness list and said she was not included in the list of witnesses by the NAB. She pleaded the court that the documents submitted by Noreen Shahzad cannot be made part of the case.

At this, NAB Prosecutor said that Shahzad did not appear as a witness and only provided record, adding that Tayyab Ahmed is the main witness.

The court reserved the verdict after hearing the arguments of both the sides for some time. Later, the AC judge announced the verdict rejecting Ayesha Hamid’s plea, and ordered to make the documents presented by Noreen Shahzad as part of the case.

After rejecting the plea, the court resumed recording the statement of Malik Tayyab who provided details and transaction record of Sharif family’s local currency accounts to the court.

The witness told the court that the former prime minister had issued a cheque of Rs24 million for business on June 15, 2012 and also issued another cheque of Rs5 million in April 2012. Similarly, a cheque of Rs11.5 million had been issued from the account of Nawaz to Maryam Nawaz in June 2014.

Sharing details of transactions, he further informed that Rs268,350 had been withdrawn from Nawaz’s account through a cheque on June 9, 2012. Similarly, a cheque of Rs1.5 million had been cashed from Nawaz account on May 12, 2014.

On completion of Tayyab’s statement, the court deferred the hearing till December 11.

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