Nawaz Sharif, daughter, son-in-law's jail sentences suspended in corruption case

Justice Mohammad Arshad Malik conducted hearing of the case

Justice Mohammad Arshad Malik conducted hearing of the case

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday made a decision to challenge Islamabad High Court (IHC) verdict of suspending sentences of ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar in Avenfield reference, in the Supreme Court.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has chose to challenge today's ruling of the Islamabad High Court that ordered release of former premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and Captain (retd) Safdar on bail.

The two judges hearing the case have a reputation for being independent-minded, lawyers said.

The Avenfield case was among the three corruption cases filed against the three-time former premier and his children by the NAB on the Supreme Court's orders in the Panama Papers case which disqualified Sharif.

The two-judge bench ordered the release of the former premier, his daughter and son-in-law from the Adiala jail in Rawalpindi.

File image of Nawaz Sharif. Nawaz, Maryam and Capt (retd) Safdar were also directed to submit bail bonds worth 5 lakh Pakistani rupees each.

The Islamabad High Court made the decision on the corruption case handed down to the Sharifs by an anti-graft tribunal earlier this year.

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It is to be mentioned here that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Captain Safdar were convicted and sentenced to prison in absentia for ten years, seven years and one year respectively, in Avenfield verdict.

Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif, centre, arrives to attend the funeral prayer of his late wife Kulsoom Nawaz in Lahore on September 14, 2018.

The cases against the family stemmed from Panama Papers case in April 2016.

During the hearing, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor had said that no evidence regarding transfer of 12 million dirham has been found while the agreement of selling 25 percent shares of Gulf Steel Mills was also fake.

Sharif was disqualified from office by the country's Supreme Court past year over corruption allegations. Their convictions will stand, although their sentences have been suspended.

Both Nawaz and Maryam were arrested upon their arrival in Pakistan from London on July 13 and filed appeals challenging their convictions in the case on July 16 in the Islamabad High Court.

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