IHC to hear Nawaz’s plea against NAB court verdict in Al-Azizia reference today

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Nawaz Sharif

ISLAMABAD: A two-member bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) headed by Chief Justice Athar Minallah will today (Monday) hear former premier Nawaz Sharif’s request seeking suspension of sentence awarded to him in the Al-Azizia reference case.
Nawaz Sharif had asked the court to suspend his sentence and release him on bail in Al-Azizia reference case till the high court decides on his plea against the verdict.
In the application, he claimed that the accountability court’s judgement was based on ‘misunderstanding’ and ‘misinterpretation of the law’, and the evidences were addressed inappropriately.
The application further remarked that the grievances of the accused were not heard and addressed. Furthermore, he has requested the court for a bail until the application of suspension is not heard.
The accountability court on December 24 convicted Sharif in the Al-Azizia reference and sentenced him to seven years in prison, and acquitted him in the Flagship reference case filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Mega corruption scandal.
In the 131-page judgement, written by the accountability court judge Arshad Malik, reasons of his conviction were mentioned. It said that the prosecution has successfully established all the ingredients of the offence of corruption committed by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, and that he has failed to provide legal money trail of his assets.
Later, Sharif was arrested from the premises of the accountability court. After spending a night at the Adiyala Jail in Rawalpindi, he was shifted to the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore.

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