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IHC rejects Nawaz's appeals in Avenfield, Al-Azizia references, reinstate sentences

IHC rejects Nawaz's appeals in Avenfield, Al-Azizia references, reinstate sentences
June 24, 2021

ISLAMABAD (92 News) - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday rejected the appeals of former premier Nawaz Sharif and reinstated his sentences.

A division bench of IHC dismissed the appeals of Nawaz Sharif against the verdicts announced in the Al Azizia Steel Mills and Avenfield apartments references.

IHC judges Justice Umar Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar pronounced a nine-page verdict that was earlier reserved on the pleas of the PML-N quid reinstating his sentences in Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Avenfield Property references, after the accused Nawaz Sharif was declared absconder.

In its verdict, the court stated that Nawaz is an absconder and so there was no choice but to dismiss the pleas. The judgment stated that if Nawaz returns or is caught, an application for a renewal of appeals can be filed.

It is pertinent to mention here that Accountability court judge Mohammad Bashir had on July 6, 2018, convicted Nawaz in the Avenfield reference and sentenced him to 10 years in prison.

However, an IHC division bench comprising Chief Justice Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb suspended the sentence in the reference.

Subsequently, accountability judge Mohammad Arshad Malik had on Dec 24, 2018 convicted Sharif in the Al Azizia reference and sentenced him to seven years imprisonment, besides imposing fines of Rs1.5 billion and $25 million. He was acquitted in a joint reference — the Flagship investment reference.