Al-Azizia reference: Defence cross-examines NAB witness Wajid Zia

Police personnel stand outside the Accountability Court premises in Islamabad. Photo: Geo News file 

ISLAMABAD: Accountability Court II resumed hearing the Al-Azizia corruption reference against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday. 

The defence lawyer, Khawaja Haris, continued cross-examining the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) witness Wajid Zia — who also headed the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that probed the Panama Papers case. 

Accountability Court II Judge Arshad Malik presided over the case. 

Nawaz was earlier exempted from appearing before the court for the hearing. The incarcerated former premier meets close family members and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders in the jail on Thursdays.     

The trial

The trial against the Sharif family commenced on September 14, 2017.

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

Nawaz and his sons, Hussain and Hasan,

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