The accountability court on Friday gave a last chance to former premier Nawaz Sharif and his relatives to record their statement on Monday after their lead counsel requested the court to defer the matter regarding the Avenfield properties reference.

The ousted prime minister, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law retired Captain Mohammad Safdar had been asked to record the final statement in their defence under Section 342 of the Criminal Procedure Code and produce anything on record to contradict the statements of 19 prosecution witnesses.

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Judge Mohammad Bashir of the accountability court had also handed over a questionnaire comprising 128 questions to the counsel for the Sharif family on May 16.

When the matter came up for hearing on Friday, Advocate Khawaja Mohammad Haris requested the court to conclude cross-examination of prosecution witness Wajid Zia in the Al-Azizia reference first. He argued that some questions were related to the crucial facts which were similar in all the three references.