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Hearing of the Avenfiled adjourned until May 7

Hearing of the Avenfiled adjourned until May 7, after Khawaja Haris completed Cross Examination of the Nab’s Imran Dogar on Friday.
According to the details, National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) investigation officer in the Avenfield properties Reference informed the court that the bureau filed the reference on the basis of material gathered by the Supreme Court-appointed Panama case Joint Investigation Team.
Dogar added that he did not request any further material from the Federal Investigation Agency or NAB to use in the reference.
As the hearing went under way, Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Haris resumed his cross-examination of NAB investigation officer (IO) Imran Dogar, the last prosecution witness, in the Avenfield properties reference. Dogar also informed the court of NAB’s procedure of lodging cases and holding inquiries.
He shared that at the time of filing of interim references against the Sharifs, the bureau had not received any response on its mutual legal assistance requests.
At the next hearing, Maryam’s counsel will begin his cross-examination of the investigation officer.Nawaz and his family are facing three corruption cases in the accountability court after the NAB filed references against them in light of the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Panama Papers case.
Yesterday, the accountability court hearing corruption cases against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family was informed that the ex-premier is the beneficial owner of Nielsen and Nescoll offshore companies.
The revelation was made during the cross-examination of prosecution witness of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) investigation officer Imran Dogar in the Avenfield properties reference.
As Judge Mohammad Bashir began proceedings, Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Haris began cross-examining Dogar, the last prosecution witness.During cross-examination, Dogar shared details of the course of NAB’s investigation and issuance of mutual legal assistance requests to the UK authorities regarding the ownership of the London flats and offshore companies.
Dogar informed the court that Nawaz is the benami [actual] owner of the Nielsen and Nescoll offshore companies.
At one point, after the defence counsel’s objection, the judge directed the prosecution to refrain from interacting with the witness.Dogar had earlier recorded his statement in the court.
He had informed the court that the NAB investigation proves Nawaz was the owner of the London flats while he was holding public office.
“The properties were purchased through offshore companies in someone else’s name [to hide ownership],” Dogar informed the court.The officer asserted that the suspects failed to prove a source of income for purchasing the properties, adding that the London flats were in the use of Nawaz and his family since 1993.
He also informed the court that the trust deeds which Maryam Nawaz submitted to the JIT were proven fake. Maryam, Hussain and Hasan aided Nawaz in hiding the ownership of the properties, the officer added.