Muhammad Bashir—the accountability judge has excused himself from hearing any further corruption references against the ex-prime minister—Nawaz Sharif and his family members.
Last month, Bashir had announced the decision on the Avenfield Apartments Reference of Sharif family giving both Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz a sentence of ten and seven years in prison respectively.
The judge on Monday wrote a letter to the Islamabad High Court asking the court to move the other corruption references against the Sharif family to some other court.
The letter was written to the Islamabad High Court—Justice Anwar Kasi two days back.
The letter reads that Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer is not satisfied with him, so he cannot resume the hearing sessions in such situations.
Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Capt. (Retd) Safdar Awan today filed an appeal in the IHC challenging the accountability court decision in the Avenfield property reference.
Previously, the accountability court has declined on Thursday the petition, filed by the ex-prime minister’s legal counsel, asking the corruption reference of Al-Azizia Steel Mills against the Sharif family to some other accountability judge.
Nawaz Sharif and his sons—Hussain and Hasan are accused in all three references—London flats, Hill Metal establishment and other offshore companies, whereas the former-prime minister’s daughter and son-in-law are named in the Avenfield reference only.
The Rawalpindi branch of NAB has prepared references about the Azizia Steel Mills and around a dozen firms and has made the former-prime minister and his sons respondents.
Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz are in United Kingdom and have been escaping since the proceedings started last year.