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Al-Azizia reference: Nawaz’s lawyer continues to cross-examine Wajid Zia

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ISLAMABAD: An accountability court resumed hearing of the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday.

As the hearing went under way today, Nawaz was presented in Accountability Judge Arshad Malik’s court.

The defence continued the cross-examination of prosecution witness Wajid Zia.

Today marks a year since the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) filed three corruption references against the Sharif family.

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, are accused in all three references whereas Maryam and Safdar were accused in the Avenfield reference only.

The two brothers, based abroad, have been absconding since the proceedings began last year and were declared proclaimed offenders by the court.

On July 10, the Supreme Court granted another six-week extension for Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir to conclude the remaining corruption references against Nawaz and former finance minister Ishaq Dar

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