Maryam, Saf­dar ap­proach IHC against video link tes­ti­monies

The Pak Banker - - FRONT PAGE - -STAFF

ISLAMABAD: Maryam Nawaz Sharif and her hus­band, M Saf­dar, chal­lenged in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wed­nes­day an ac­count­abil­ity court's de­ci­sion to al­low two wit­nesses to tes­tify via video link in the Aven­field apart­ments case. Last week, two UK-based pros­e­cu­tion wit­nesses, in­clud­ing a nephew of an ad­di­tional di­rec­tor gen­eral of the Fed­eral In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (FIA), were al­lowed to tes­tify through a video link in a sup­ple­men­tary ref­er­ence against ousted prime min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif and fam­ily.

The pe­ti­tion, sub­mit­ted by Maryam and Saf­dar's coun­sel Am­jad Per­vaiz, seeks the an­nul­ment of the ac­count­abil­ity court's de­ci­sion to al­low wit­nesses to tes­tify via video link. The fed­er­a­tion, Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bureau (NAB) chair­man and Ac­count­abil­ity Court Judge Mo­ham­mad Bashir - who made the de­ci­sion - have been made party to the case in the pe­ti­tion.

The ap­pli­ca­tion filed by NAB seek­ing tes­ti­mony of the owner of UK-based Quist Solic­i­tors, Akhtar Raja, and prin­ci­pal at the Radley Foren­sic Doc­u­ment Lab­o­ra­tory, Robert W. Radley, via video link had been ac­cepted by the ac­count­abil­ity judge.

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