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  • Pak anti-graft court asks Sharif to record statement on Friday in Panamagate

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By Sajjad Hussain



Islamabad, May 16 (PTI)
A Pakistani anti-graft court trying ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif for allegedly buying properties in the UK through corruption asked him to record his statement in the Panama Papers case on Friday

Three cases were launched last year against Sharif, 68, and his family including the Avenfield case about posh properties in London which were allegedly bought in 1990s when he twice served as prime minister

Sharif's daughter Maryam, sons Hassan and Hussain and son-in-law Muhammad Safdar are co-accused in the case

The court also asked his daughter and son-in-law to record their statements

His two sons have been declared absconders as they are living abroad and never appeared before the court

Judge Muhammad Bashir ordered to provide a list of questions regarding the case

Under the law, the three accused will record their testimonies and also face cross-examinations by the prosecution

Maryam and Safdar are co-accused only in Avenfield properties case while Sharif and his two sons are co-accused in all three cases

Sharif's trial is going on in all the cases

The statements by the accused will conclude the trial and the court issue the verdict which is expected to be announced any time before June 9, which is the latest deadline set by the Supreme Court to conclude the cases against Sharif

The cases were instituted after the Supreme Court disqualified Sharif on July 28 last year

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

The corruption cases, filed against the Sharifs, pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd, and Avenfield properties of London

Last month, the Supreme Court, in a landmark judgement, declared Sharif ineligible to hold public office for life, ending the political future of the three-time premier ahead of this year's general elections

Sharif was disqualified to hold the office of the prime minister by the Supreme Court on July 28, 2017 in the Panama Papers case. He was disqualified for not being "honest and righteous" as he failed to declare in 2013 a salary he got from the company of his son in the UAE

In February, the apex court also disqualified Sharif as the head of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

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