IHC hears Nawaz’s plea for transfer of corruption cases to another court

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) resumed hearing on Monday the plea of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to transfer the remaining corruption references against him to another court.
Legal counsel of former premier Nawaz Sharif had filed an appeal, requesting the court to transfer the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment references from the court of Accountability Judge-I Mohammad Bashir to another accountability court.
The Sharif family had also petitioned against their convictions in the Avenfield reference.
IHC had clubbed the two references, which will are being heard by a two-member bench including Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb.
As the proceedings began today, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi began presenting his arguments.
On July 6, an accountability court had sentenced Nawaz to a total of 11 years in prison and slapped a £8 million fine (Rs1.3 billion) in the corruption reference, while his daughter Maryam was sentenced to eight years with a £2 million fine (Rs335 million). Nawaz’s son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar was also given a one-year sentence without any fine.
The Sharifs had challenged their convictions in the IHC, highlighting the legal flaws in the Avenfield judgement and asking for the accountability court’s verdict to be declared null and void and the three convicts to be released on bail.

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