Nawaz's pleas in Al Azizia, Avenfield corruption references dismissed by IHC

Nawaz’s pleas in Al Azizia, Avenfield corruption references dismissed by IHC

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The Islamabad High Court on Thursday rejected former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s request for imprisonment sentences announced in Al Azizia Steel Mills and Avenfield Apartments.

IHC Judges Umar Farooq and Mohsin Akhtar announced a nine-page judgment, which was retained after hearing the arguments of the National Accountability Office prosecutor and amicus curiae.

The judgment means that the accountability court’s judgment in the case is upheld.

According to the IHC judgment, Nawaz is a proclaimed offender and so “there was no choice but to dismiss the pleas” owing to his continued disappearance from court.

The judgment observed that if Nawaz returns or is caught, an application for a renewal of appeals can be filed.

Accountability court judge Mohammad Bashir had on July 6, 2018, convicted Nawaz in the Avenfield reference and sentenced him to 10 years in prison.

However, an IHC division bench comprising Chief Justice Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb suspended the sentence in the reference.

Subsequently, the accountability judge Mohammad Arshad Malik convicted Sharif in the Al Azizia reference on December 24, 2018 and sentenced him to 7 years in prison, in addition to a fine of 1.5 billion rupees and 25 million U.S. dollars.

He was found not guilty in a joint reference-Flagship Investment Reference.

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