Qatari prince shows ‘inability’ to testify, but owns both letters

ISLAMABAD: The joint investigation team probing the offshore assets of the Sharif family will submit its second fortnightly report to the Supreme Court tomorrow [Wednesday] whereby the court will be informed that Qatari royal Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al-Thani has expressed his inability to appear in person to record his statement before the probe team.

The prince has cited his ‘hectic schedule’ and rather preferred to verify in writing the content of the two letters produced as evidence by the Sharif family during the Panamagate case hearing in the top court.

In its verdict, the Supreme Court had bound the JIT to submit fortnightly reports on the progress made over investigations into the Sharif family’s offshore assets.

The first report was submitted by the JIT on May 22.

Reliable sources confirmed to The Express Tribune on Monday that the JIT had received a reply from the Qatari prince last week in response to a letter delivered to him through diplomatic channels.

Hamad Bin Jassim, through his reply, confirmed each and every word of the letters produced by the Sharif family in support of the money trail they submitted to the apex court.

During the last two weeks, the focus of the JIT was on the Hudabiya Sugar Mills case and most of the witnesses who recorded their statements during this period were related to the said case.

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