On Saturday, The Islamabad High Court (IHC) fixed September 18 (Due to summer vacations) as the date for the hearing of Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s plea for the suspension of his sentence in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference.
On the same date, the IHC will take up an appeal filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against Sharif’s acquittal in the Flagship Investments corruption reference.
A two-judge bench comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani will hear the former premier’s plea.
On December 24, 2018, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to seven years in prison in Al-Azizia reference case by an accountability court. In a short verdict announced, the court said there was concrete evidence against the former premier in the Al-Azizia reference and that he was unable to provide a money trail in the case.
The accountability court judge Muhammad Arshad Malik had announced the verdict in the two references namely Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment and sentenced the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader to seven years in prison and ordered him to pay $25million and Rs1.5 billion as fine.
The former prime minister was arrested by a NAB team shortly after the verdict was announced. The former prime minister was about to be transferred to Adiala Prison in Rawalpindi, but was transferred to Lahore after his lawyer asked the court to transfer him to the city for medical reasons.
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