An accountability court on Monday (Dec 24) has awarded seven years imprisonment to Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Al-Azizia steel mills reference while he has been acquitted in the Flagship Investment reference. Accountability court judge Arshad Malik announced the decision. Earlier court had had reserved judgement in both the references on December 19.
Security around the Judicial Complex in Islamabad has been tightened and according to Islamabad authorities one thousand Police officials and one hundred Rangers has been deployed. Although Section 144 has been imposed in the capital, the Islamabad and Rawalpindi. “Security in Islamabad will remain high alert amid Al Azizia and Flagship Investment references verdict being announced tomorrow (Monday),” the administration said.
The trial against the Sharif family commenced on September 14, 2017 as Nawaz and his sons, Hussain and Hasan, are accused in all three references whereas Maryam and Safdar were accused in the Avenfield reference only.
The NAB authorities has arrested him from court room to shift him to prison. The accountability court judge reserved the judgement after completion of hearing in Al-Azizia Steel Mills and the Flagship Investment cases against the former PM last week.
Nawaz Sharif, in July 2017, was disqualified by the Supreme Court over the Panama Papers scandal, which also led to the filing of three corruption cases.
On July 06, an accountability court sentenced the former PM, daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (r) Safdar in Avenfield reference.
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17 November, 2019