Islamabad HC rejects Nawaz Sharif, Maryam's bail request

Islamabad HC rejects Nawaz Sharif, Maryam's bail request

The court awarded 11 years to the former PM, eight to his daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, and one year to his son-in-law, Capt (retd) Safdar. It, however, issued a notice to the National Accountability Bureau to respond to the appeals, which were filed on Monday.

Sharif and his daughter were arrested in Lahore last week on their arrival from London after an accountability court found them guilty over their ownership of four luxury flats in the UK.

The judges rejected a plea of Sharif's legal counsel Khawaja Haris to grant a stay order, which appealed to the Accountability Judge-I Muhammad Bashir not to start the proceeding of the remaining two cases (Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment references) against the Sharif family till the NAB submitted its reply, as per the ARY News report.

Khawaja Harris said how Judge Bashir can hear the two cases when he had already given verdict in Avenfield case.

The two-judge bench of the Islamabad High Court also issued a notice to the National Accountability Bureau on Sharif's request to transfer the remaining corruption cases against him to another judge. Furthermore, the court was appealed to release Sharif, Maryam and Safdar on bail respectively.

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The appeal highlighted the legal flaws in the Avenfield verdict and pleaded to nullify the Accountability Court's verdict.

On July 6, Sharif and Maryam were convicted in absentia in the Avenfield reference case by the Accountability Court. Maryam and Safdar's counsel Amjad Pervaiz also filed the appeals on behalf of them, Geo TV reported.

The court sentenced Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison and imposed a fine of 8 million pounds.

The anti-corruption court is waiting for directions from the Islamabad High Court (HC), where Nawaz has challenged his conviction as well as sought a transfer of the cases from the judge who had convicted him and his family members in the Avenfield reference.

The embattled Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is considering launching Maryam Nawaz's son Junaid Safdar for its election campaign, the media reported on Tuesday. Before that, Safdar was arrested on July 9 and shifted to Adiala jail.

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