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IHC to take up Nawaz’s bail plea on 18th

ISLAMABAD: A two-member Islamabad High Court (IHC) bench comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani and Justice Aamir Farooq will hear the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif appeal against Al-Azizia case verdict on September 18.

The former PM was convicted by former accountability judge Arshad Malik in Al-Azizia case in December last year that stemmed out of Panama Papers scandal. Nawaz was jailed for seven years and fined Rs5 billion in the light of the verdict.

However, things took an interesting turn when his daughter Maryam Nawaz released a video of the presiding judge, wherein he purportedly could be heard saying that he had acted under duress.

However, the judge denied the charges in an affidavit issued in a rebuttal to the presser.

On the other hand, the NAB has also requested the court to increase the sentence of former PM up to 14 years, saying that the former PM failed to give money trail even though he “admitted to owning these assets”.

The SC disqualified Nawaz Sharif from holding any public office in July 2017 and ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to file three references against the Sharif family.

Earlier, the apex court had constituted a six-member joint investigation team (JIT), comprising officials of the Federal Investigation Agency, NAB, Inter-Services Intelligence, Military Intelligence, Securities and Exchange Commission and the State Bank.

Accountability judge Mohammad Bashir convicted Nawaz and Maryam in the Avenfield properties reference on July 6 last year. The IHC, however, suspended the sentence and released both of them on bail.

Maryam, now, is in NAB detention for her involvement in a money laundering case.

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