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Al-Azizia reference: IHC adjourns Nawaz’s appeal against conviction till June 19

Al-Azizia reference: IHC adjourns Nawaz’s appeal against conviction till June 19
May 9, 2019
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Islamabad High Court has postponed Nawaz Sharif’s appeal against his sentence in the Al-Azizia reference till June 19. The case has been adjourned for not completing the paper book. Khawaja Haris, counsel for former premier Nawaz Sharif, requested the court to fix the date for hearing after Ramazanul Mubarik.
Nawaz granted exemption from personal appearance
On April 9, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) granted a request by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for exemption from personal appearance during hearing of his appeal against conviction in the Al-Azizia reference. Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani took up an application filed by the PML-N supreme leader seeking exemption from personal appearance. The hearing of the appeal was adjourned for two weeks. Sharif stated in his application that the Supreme Court granted him six-week bail to undergo treatment. He said he is being examined at the Sharif Medical City hospital. Nawaz Sharif filed an application before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking exemption from personal appearance as a division bench is set to resume hearing of the appeal he filed against conviction in the Al-Azizia reference. The appeal is fixed for hearing before the division bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani for Tuesday (today). In the application, Sharif contended that the Supreme Court granted him six-week bail to undergo medical treatment and he is being examined at the Sharif Medical City hospital. Nawaz Sharif also attached a health certificate issued by Dr Amjad Iqbal stating his current health status. In his application, since Nawaz Sharif has to undergo several tests daily, therefore, he may be exempted from personally appearing during the hearing of the appeal. Accountability Court Judge Mohammad Arshad Malik on Dec 24 last year convicted the former premier in the Al-Azizia reference and sentenced him to seven-year imprisonment.
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