An accountability court on Friday (July 19) dismissed National Accountability Bureau’s plea against Vice President of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), Maryam Nawaz in a case related to fake trust deed in Avenfield reference. Maryam Nawaz has appeared before an Accountability Court in Islamabad today. The petition which was taken up by Accountability Judge Mohammad Bashir was declared non-maintainable.
The court had issued notice to Maryam Nawaz to appear on July 19 hearing. Strict security measures are ensured outside federal judicial complex during the appearance of Maryam Nawaz. NAB Deputy Prosecutor General Sardar Muzaffar Khan Abbasi had filed the application, seeking action against Maryam Nawaz for producing a bogus trust deed before the accountability court in order to conceal the London properties.
NAB application read, “The above conclusion [that the document used was bogus] by this court was reached after evaluating the entire evidence; hence, it is apparent that the respondent has maliciously fabricated and tendered false evidence/information with the intention to mislead the due process of law and trial and hamper the administration of justice.”
The judge inquired from the prosecutor on what grounds the court would proceed in this matter. Abbasi, in response, pointed out that the judge had the power to initiate action against Maryam Nawaz under Section 30 of the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO), 1999 read with serial number three of the Schedule of NAO, 1999.
In the earlier verdict, judge Bashir had declared that “the trust deeds produced by the accused Maryam Nawaz were also found bogus… In view of the role of this accused Maryam Nawaz, she is convicted and sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for seven years with fine of two million pounds.”
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17 August, 2019