Found no documents showing Nawaz as owner of Al-Azizia Steel Mills: Wajid Zia

ISLAMABAD: Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT) head and prosecution’s star witness Wajid Zia on Thursday said he did not come across any document during investigation which showed that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is the owner of Al-Azizia Steel Mills.

The statement came as the former prime minister’s legal counsel, Khawaja Harris, started on Thursday morning cross-examination of the prosecution’s star witness in the Al-Azizia reference against Sharif family.

Zia, an additional director at the Federal Investigation Agency, headed the Panama case joint investigation team (JIT) which probed the Sharif family’s assets last year.

Nawaz and his family members are facing three corruption references in the accountability court — Avenfield Properties, Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investments — in which they are accused of money laundering, tax evasion and hiding offshore assets.

As per the bank statement, Nawaz’s son Hussain Nawaz sent him an amount worth US$1.1 million as a ‘gift’

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