An accountability court in Islamabad on Monday resumed hearing a reference against former finance minister Ishaq Dar for amassing assets beyond his known sources of income during which more witnesses record their statements.
According to Express News, witnesses Deputy Director National Accountability Bureau Lahore Iqbal Hassan, Sub-Inspector Umer Daraz Gondal and Additional Director NAB Shakeel Anjum Nagra recorded their statements in front of Judge Muhammad Bashir.
With today’s hearing, the procedure to record statements in the high-profile case entered in its final stage this week.
So far, 18 out of 28 witnesses have recorded their statements before the court. The court has summoned eight witnesses to record their statements later today.
“In a bit to get the JIT report, two letters were sent to the Supreme Court on August 10 and August 15,” said Anjum while submitting the copies of the letters in the court.
The Judge Muhammad Bashir asked, “Do you have the original copies of those letters?” Anjum told the judge that the original copies were submitted to the top court.
An official of the NAB and the head of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) of the Panama Case, Wajid Zia are yet to record their statements.
During the last hearing of the case last week, six witnesses, who provided bank account details of the former finance minister and his family, had recorded their statements.
An accountability court last year declared the former finance minister a proclaimed offender in a NAB reference after he failed to appear before it despite repeated summons. A warrant was also issued for his arrest after he missed several court appearances on corruption charges that he had amassed wealth beyond his known sources of income.
Dar has denied all charges, as has former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who also faces corruption cases after being ousted by a court in July in what his supporters call a political vendetta engineered by opposition leaders and elements of the powerful military.
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