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Avenfield verdict: Islamabad HC to hear Sharif family's pleas

Avenfield verdict: Islamabad HC to hear Sharif family's pleas”

Prior to this, the Accountability Court had sentenced Nawaz to a total of 11 years in prison and imposed a fine of £8 million (Rs1.3 billion) in the corruption reference meanwhile his daughter Maryam was sentenced to eight years in prison along with a £2 million fine (Rs335 million).

A two member bench of the high court comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb heard the appeals.

The three pleas filed by the counsels highlights the legal flaws in the Avenfield judgment, and also requested the accountability court to declare the verdict against the Sharif family as "null and void".

Haris told the IHC that the accountability court judge can not hear the two cases against them as the arguments were similar to those in the Avenfield case.

A divisional bench of Islamabad High Court has taken up the Sharif family's appeals against an accountability court verdict in Avenfield properties reference and later adjourned the hearing until the last week of July.

Junaid Safdar reached Lahore on Monday to meet his parents and maternal grandfather Nawaz Sharif in Adiala Jail.

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How will you rehear the same arguments that you have rejected already, former PM Nawaz Sharif's lawyer, Khawaja Haris, asked accountability court judge Muhammad Bashir.

In addition, Nawaz's son-in-law Captain (retired) Safdar was given a one-year sentence without any fine.

The Islamabad High Court has now summoned a NAB prosecutor and investigation officer on the next hearing to record their arguments on the Sharif family's appeals seeking bail and suspension of the accountability court verdict.

Maryam and her husband Muhammad Safdar are accused in the Avenfield reference only.

While Sharif and his UK-based sons, Hussain and Hasan are named in all the three corruption cases - Avenfield reference, Flagship Investment and Al-Azizia reference, Maryam and Safdar are only named in the Avenfield case.

Pervaiz Rashid, spokesman for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, visited Mr. Sharif in prison on Thursday, where he said the former premier's conditions are "deplorable". Before that, Safdar was arrested on July 9 and shifted to Adiala jail.

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