Panamagate case: Hussain Nawaz testifies before JIT

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s son on Sunday, appearing before the Joint Investigation Team tasked to investigate the Sharif family’s offshore firms and properties abroad, sought more time to record his formal statement.

Hussain Nawaz was grilled by the JIT which comprises financial experts, investigators and representatives from intelligence agencies.

According to reliable sources, the JIT apparently stressed by the accusations of ‘rigorous investigations’ levelled by PM’s cousin Tariq Shafi — who was probed for hours during last week by the probe team – did not indulge in lengthy questioning with Hussain and gave him two days, till May 30, to submit documents related to the investments and transactions made through British Virgin Islands-based firms Nielsen Enterprises Limited and Nescoll Limited.
Of the nearly 90 minutes that Hussain spent inside the Federal Judicial Academy, the secretariat of the JIT, some 30 minutes were wasted after the JIT members refused to allow Hussain’s lawyer Saad Hashmi to sit with him [Hussain] during the questioning process.

Hussain sought more time on three counts -– first, he [Hussain] was not sent a questionnaire before summoning him to record his statement; second, he has been summoned on a short notice of 24 hours, thus, not given enough time to prepare himself; and third, an application filed by him [Hussain] where he has challenged impartiality of two of the six members of the probe team is pending before the Supreme Court.

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