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Islamabad High Court issues notice to NAB, summons record of Avenfield case on Sharif family’s appeals

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday issued notice to National Accountability Court (NAB) and summoned record of Avenfield case over the appeals of Sharif family challenging their conviction by the accountability court.


A two-member division bench comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiani and Justice Mian Gul Hassan Aurangzeb conducted hearing over the appeals.


During the hearing, Maryam Nawaz’s lawyer argued that Calibri font was termed fake in the verdict while Robert Readley had admitted that the font was available before 20016.


He went on to say that the interview CDs were submitted in the court but were not heard completely by the judges.


The court summoned the investigation officer of NAB and adjourned the hearing till last week of July.


Convicted and sentenced

It is to be mentioned here that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Captain Safdar were convicted and sentenced to prison in absentia for ten years, seven years and one year respectively, in Avenfield verdict that is likely to further disrupt an already chaotic campaign for national elections this month.


Maryam Nawaz and Captain (r) Safdar, who were candidates for the forthcoming general elections were also disqualified from contesting elections for 10 years each.


The sentence and a fine of 8 million pounds, or $10.6 million, came almost a year after Supreme Court removed Sharif from office and less than five months after the court barred him from holding office for life.


Nawaz Sharif was convicted under section 9(a)(5) of the NAB ordinance.


The case stemmed from the Panama Papers leak that disclosed expensive and undeclared property owned by the Sharif family in London.


Arrested and shifted to Adiala Jail

Safdar was arrested by the NAB authoritites in Rawalpindi on July 9 while Nawaz Sharif and Maryam were taken into custody by the officials few minutes after their flight landed at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport on Friday night and shifted to Adiala Jail.


Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir, who was present in the jail, issued warrants for imprisonment for Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz. A team of doctors conducted the medical checkup of both the accused and declared them fit.


Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz were then shifted to B-Class facility in Adiala Jail.

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