Public aware of ‘baseless’ cases against Sharif family: Nawaz

February 23, 2018

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court on Friday concluded recording the statement of forensic expert Robert Radley who had a day earlier admitted that the Calibri font was available on a limited scale back in 2005.

The court is now recording the statement of Raja Akhtar the owner of the Quist law firm in UK and the cousin of Wajid Zia. After attending the hearing Nawaz Sharif spoke to journalists outside the accountability court and said the supplementary reference also appeared to be nearing its dismissal. He added that yesterday he [Radley] said the Calibri font was only available to IT experts; today he added that while he is not an IT expert he was also using the same font.

Regarding impending verdicts Sharif said, he doesn’t think the decision will be written in golden words.

“You must have a fair idea whether our stance has been strengthened or that of the Joint Investigation Team,” Nawaz responded to a question, adding, “The answers to the JIT’s questions are slowly coming forward and people are realizing that the case is baseless.”

Nawaz  Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and her husband Captain (retd) Safdar were all present in the courtroom where the family’s lawyer Khwaja Haris questioned the forensic expert Radley earlier in the day.

Robert Radley the forensic expert told the court he wanted to change his statement. He was informed that his statement had been recorded a day earlier and now he was to be examined.

While being examined by Khawaja Haris, Radley said he only received the documents on July 6, had he not been pressed for time he would have been able to submit a ten-times more detailed report.

Haris, asked if that meant, due to lack of time the report submitted was not correct. Radley responded that was not the case and that he was completely certain about the accuracy of his report adding that if he wasn’t pressed for time the report would have been more detailed.

Cross questioning Radley, Haris asked if he was an IT expert, to which Radley responded that he was not. Radley further stated that the font in question was in his use back in 2005. The defence counsel then stated that the report he submitted was incorrect, to which Radley stated that his report was absolutely correct.

Was the creator of the Calibri Font given an award for his services in the field of IT, the defence counsel asked, to which Radley responded in the affirmative. Radley also told the prosecution that he had mentioned all of his sources in his first report, however, he had omitted them from his second report.

Windows introduced six fonts from 2002 through to 2006, Haris noted, questioning the witness if he had stated the same in his report.

Bradley responded that the report was technical in nature hence this detail was not mentioned. A day earlier Radley who had been presented by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had told the court that the Calibri font was available in 2005, albeit on a limited scale.

The court had also recorded the statement of another witness, solicitor Akhtar Raja — via video-link from UK along with forensic handwriting and document examiner Robert W. Radley.

In his findings included in the JIT report, Radley had noted that he “identified the type font used to produce both certified declarations as ‘Calibri’. However, [the font] was not commercially available before Jan 31, 2007 and as such, neither of the [documents] is correctly dated and [appear] to have been created at some later point in time.” INP