IHC: Judge adjourns Al-Azizia reference

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Accountability Court-I Judge Muhammad Bashir on Monday decided to adjourn the Al-Azizia corruption reference against Nawaz Sharif till the IHC’s ruling on an appeal filed by the Sharif family.
The former prime minister’s legal counsel had earlier petitioned in the high court against conducting a jail trial and suspension of the sentence in the Avenfield Properties reference verdict. A two-member bench of the high court comprising of Justice Moshin Akhtar Kayani and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb will hear both petitions today.
During today’s hearing, Nawaz’s lawyer Khawaja Haris was due to cross-question prosecution witness Wajid Zia, however, the defence counsel failed to appear in court.
As the hearing went under way, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor Afzal Qureshi was present in court. He apprised the court that the Sharif family’s appeal has been fixed for hearing in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) later today.
Judge Bashir then decided to postpone the hearing tillthe IHC’s ruling on the appeal.