LAHORE: District and Sessions Judge Mujahid Mustaqeem Ahmed on Saturday adjourned the hearing of the National Insurance Corporation Limited (NICL) scam till August 16 after Moonis Elahi’s counsel completed the arguments for the defence. Elahi’s counsel, Amjad Pervaiz Malik, said the prosecution had not produced substantial evidence to prove that his client was guilty. He said the witnesses produced in a banking court against his client had all later retracted their statements and revealed that officials of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had made them put their thumb prints on blank pieces of paper, and then written their witness statements on their behalf afterwards. He requested the court to declare him innocent because the FIA had failed to prove the charges against him. The counsel will argue against the acquittal plea at the next hearing.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 14th, 2011.