Panama Leaks case: SC seeks evidence of London flats transfer
Questioning the court proceeding today, the counsel of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sons, Salman Akram Raja said it’s impossible now to present 45-years-old record before the court.Can the bench reach a decision without investigations into the matter, he asked. A five-member larger bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa resumed hearing the Panama on Wednesday The hearing had been put on hold for a few days due to Justice Azmat Saeed’s health condition who is part of the Supreme Court bench hearing the Panama Leaks case. Justice Azmat Saeed was recovering from an angioplasty. During the proceedings today, counsel for Hassan and Hussain Nawaz, Salman Akram Raja, continued his arguments. He began with wishing Justice Azmat Saeed good health. He said that the Panama case had three aspects; the Prime Minister’s speech, official records, and steps taken by the Prime Minister. In the last hearing on January 31, many questions were put to Hassan and Hussain Nawaz’s counsel regarding the London flats. Who owned the properties from 1993 to 1996? Where did the investment for the London flats come from? How did the Sharif family children maintain residence at the property? In the proceedings today, Salman Akram Raja tried to address them. He argued that in 1999 when the Sharif family was in exile it faced trauma and lost several official records. “It is not possible to present 45-year-old records,” he said. He said that there was no charge against the Prime Minister and action against his children was not possible. He added that the issue could be sent to agencies for investigation. SalmanSl AkAkram RRajaj addedddd ththatt ththe plaintifflitiffffffffffff hhadd accusedd ththe Prime Minister of acquiring the flat through illegal money. He said that the Sharif family did not own the London flats in 1999. Between 1993 and 1996 they were owned by the Al-Thani family, and in January 2006 they were transferred to Hussain Nawaz. In July the certificates were transferred to the Minerva firm. On this, Jutice Azmat Saeed sought evidences of property transfer to Sharifs. Where are the proofs, he asked from the counsel. Responding to another query regarding an investigation by former interior minister Rehman Malik into financial matters Sharif Family, Salman Raja said the minister conducted inquiry in his personal capacity while was suspended from the office and leaked it to media, adding that the said report has no legal value as well. Later,.