SC adjourns hearing of Panama case till Thursday

The apex court after a hiatus of two weeks resumed hearing of the high-profile Panamagate case involving Prime Minister Sharif and his children.

It should be mentioned here that the hearing of the landmark case was postponed due to ailment of Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh.

The Sharif family counsel expressed inability to name the owner of two offshore companies, Neilson and Nescoll, which acquired London flats in 1993. Justice Azmat Saeed Shaikh asked Sharif family's counsel Salman Akram Raja.

"Where is the document which could show Hussain Nawaz is the beneficial owner of Landon flats?"

A five-judge bench of the apex court, comprising of Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan will resume hearing of arguments related to the case, the Dawn reports. Raja said the Sharif family has ties with more Qatari royal families than one but he can not disclose their names before the court due to certain reasons. "There is no need to be scared as these documents will either make your case or break it".

On this, the Sharif's counsel said Prime Minister Sharif's nephew Hamza Shahbaz was also studying in the United Kingdom at that time.

Salman Akram Raja, the counsel of Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz is presenting his arguments.

He said all record of Sharif family had been usurped in 1999; hence, it is not possible for Sharif family to produce record spanning over last 45 years. The top court judge also observed that there was no document which could show how bearer shares regarding the ownership of London flats were transferred to Sharifs by the Qatari royal family.

Raja argued that the flats in London were bought by the Al Thani family between 1993 and 1996.

"If my client is guilty, the onus to prove it is on the petitioner", Raja said.

Upon hearing this argument, Justice Azmat Saeed asked counsel to provide a paper trail for these transactions, and said, "You have been moving from one point to the other since the beginning, but have failed to provide any evidence in this regard".

  • Leroy Wright