Friday, 22 March 2019

Sharif family to stay in jail till election, Pakistani court adjourns appeals

LONDON: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) adjourned till the last week of July appeals by jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retired) Safdar against their conviction for corruption.

The decision means that Sharif, until recently the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), will remain in jail along with his daughter and son-in-law during the July 25 general election.

The three had filed appeals in the court on Monday, challenging their convictions in the graft case related to their ownership of four luxury flats in the UK.

A two-judge bench, comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, heard seven separate appeals filed by the their lawyers.

The hearing on the pleas filed by the Sharifs will now take place after July 25, Dawn online reported.

The pleas were against the conviction and seeking the suspension of the Sharif family’s sentences and transfer of the pending two references against them. Three appeals were filed on behalf of the former Premier and two each on behalf of Maryam Nawaz and Safdar.

The court issued notices to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in all three petitions filed by Sharif. It also said no to suspending the conviction in the case until the appeals were decided.

On July 6, the three-time Prime Minister was sentenced to 10 years in prison for holding assets beyond known sources of income. His daughter was handed a seven-year sentence while her husband was sentenced to one year’s imprisonment.

The sentence was given in Avenfield properties reference – one of the three references filed on the orders of the Supreme Court in July 2017 Panamagate verdict.

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