LONDON: Former premier Nawaz Sharif’s son, Hussain Nawaz on Friday rejected the claims made by accountability judge Arshad Malik in his affidavit submitted to the Islamabad High Court (IHC) and said he did not bribe or threaten the judge.
Accountability judge Malik in a letter submitted to IHC, he claimed he was offered a Rs 500 million bribe by Hussain Nawaz along with his entire family settlement abroad if he resigned on the grounds that he could no longer deal with the guilt of convicting Nawaz Sharif without evidence.
“I did not threaten or bribe any judge,” Hussain said while speaking to Geo News. “Since the case is in court now, I cannot talk about it.”
Following a request by IHC to remove judge Malik, he was relieved from his duties by the federal government for his alleged involvement in a controversial video scandal.
Earlier in the day, judge Malik had submitted a letter in the IHC in which he alleged he was offered a bribe by Hussain Nawaz.
“The two persons, including Nasir Janjua and Mahar Jilani, have been meeting him since he was appointed Accountability Court-II Judge Islamabad and demanding him to give the decision in favour of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in HME and Flagship Investment references.
“Nasir Janjua came to meet me and claimed that he had the cash equivalent of Rs 100 million in Euros for me immediately available out of which the Euro equivalent of Rs 20 million was laying in his car parked outside.
“I was told that Mian Sahib is willing to pay whatever I demand on acquitting him in both references. However, I declined the bribe offered to me while committing remains sticking to merits,” he said in his letter.
He further said the Flagship and HME references were transferred for trial to his court and associates and supporters of Mian Nawaz Sharif approached him on a number of occasions “with demands, inducements and threats to acquit Mian Nawaz Sharif and the other accused.”
Malik was told by Janjua that “unless a favourable verdict was given in favour of Mian Nawaz Sharif, it would be very damaging for me personally”.