Accountability judge Arshad Malik has claimed that he was offered a Rs 500 million money bribe by the son of the previous executive Nawaz Sharif, Hussain Nawaz, who requested that the judge leave in light of the fact that he “could no longer deal with the guilt of having convicted” Nawaz under duress in the Al-Azizia/Hill Metal Establishment reference.
In a testimony submitted to the Islamabad High Court chief justice, the judge asserted that he was offered rewards and compromised with critical results by PML-N delegates at first to drive him into issuing decisions for Nawaz in the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investments references, and later to pressure him into leaving from his office. He said he would not take hush-money and submit to the alleged threats.
The judge guaranteed that in mid 2018, a colleague named Nasir Janjua, who was related with the PML-N, “implored” him to issue decisions of vindication in the Al-Azizia and Flagship references, saying that it was on his own suggestion to then PM Nawaz Sharif that he (Malik) was selected as judge in the accountability court.
During the arguments of the references’ preliminary, the judge said he was again drawn closer by Janjua with a “monetary offer” from Nawaz of Rs100 million however that he declined the offer.
The offer was without further ado pursued by a “thinly veiled threat of physical harm and intimidation” by Nasir Butt, the PML-N ‘sympathizer’ who recorded the video shared by Maryam Nawaz that began the debate, the judge asserted.
“The threat was conveyed by Nasir Butt saying to me in a scary tone that he owed Mian Nawaz Sharif a ton, as he (Nawaz) had helped him keep away from discipline for 4-5 murders submitted by him (Butt) by using his tremendous political powers and, accordingly, he (Butt) was eager to go to any degree to help [Nawaz] in the trails he was confronting,” judge Malik guaranteed.
He said once he sentenced Nawaz in the Al-Azizia reference and cleared him in the Flagship reference, Butt and Janjua purportedly began extorting him utilizing a “secretly recorded manipulated immoral video [showing him] in a compromising position” that was shot while the judge was serving in Multan.
Using “the Multan video” as a threat, Butt at that point constrained judge Malik to go with him to Jati Umra and tell Nawaz in person that he had sentenced the PML-N supremo “under monstrous weight from persuasive quarters”, the judge asserted.
The gathering occurred on April 6, however, the judge said as opposed to stating what was requested by Butt, he disclosed to Nawaz that he was indicted in the Al-Azizia reference dependent on legitimacy. This maddened Butt, who requested that “to make up for the calamity at the Jati Umra meeting”, judge Malik should help him with the grounds of a claim that should have been documented against the Al-Azizia judgment.
Surrendering to the interest due to “extorting”, the judge said he “reluctantly inspected” the intrigue draft and gave his perceptions.
It was while he was giving these perceptions on the intrigue that the video clasp appeared by Maryam at a question and answer session a week ago was recorded, the judge guaranteed. Maryam had cited the judge as admitting in the video that he had been “pressurized and extorted” into issuing a decision against Nawaz.
“I understood that the sitting wherein I had remarked upon the draft notice of claim was furtively recorded as altered and controlled selections of discussion from that gathering were a piece of the sound/video played” at the PML-N question and answer session, judge Malik said in his affirmation.
As indicated by the judge, he was in Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah when Butt constrained him to meet Hussain Nawaz there. In an “unmistakably forceful and threatening” tone, Hussain purportedly offered him a money fix of Rs500m and different livens in return for the judge leaving over the Al-Azizia decision.
Judge Malik asserted that he declined Hussain’s offer and it was on the grounds that he wouldn’t give in that “false and vindictive charges” were leveled against him at Maryam’s presser of July 06.