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IHC to hear NAB appeals against Nawaz today

Islamabad: A division bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) will hear the petitions of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today (Monday).

NAB is likely to request the IHC to extend the jail term of Nawaz in the Al Azizia case from seven years, while the accountability watchdog will also challenge the acquittal of Nawaz in Flagship reference case.

The two-member composed of Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiani who will hear the case. The bench was formed by Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court, Athar Minallah.

NAB and Nawaz’s appeal will be heard alongside, where the acquittal of Nawaz in Flagship and the verdict against Nawaz in Al Azizia reference will be reviewed.

After, Supreme court announced verdict against Nawaz in the Al- Azizia and Flagship on Dec 24, the NAB decided to challenge former prime minister’s acquittal in Flagship case.

On July 6, 2018 accountability court sentenced 10 years of imprisonment to Nawaz Sharif  and ordered him to pay a fine £8 million after he was found guilty in Avenfield properties case. Seven years imprisonment was given to former premier’s daughter Maryam Nawaz and a fine of £2 million, while her husband Safdar was sentenced one year’s jail term.

IHC suspended the conviction of Sharif, Maryam and Safdar in the case after they lead that they should be bailed out until final decision pertaining to Avenfield case come out.

NAB approached the apex court challenging the IHC verdict releasing Sharif and his family members.

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