Islamabad HC rejects Nawaz Sharif, Maryam's bail request

Islamabad HC rejects Nawaz Sharif, Maryam's bail request

The bench adjourned the hearing till last week of July which effectively means that hearing will be held after July 25 which will be observed as holiday to let people cast votes.

Justice Muhammad Bashir of the Islamabad Accountability Court, in a letter addressed to Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Anwar Khan Kasi, said that the Al-Azizia steel mills and the Flagship corruption cases should be transferred to some other judge, according to the IHC sources.

Earlier, Sharif's confidante and PML-N leader Pervaiz Rashid urged the court to decide the appeals without wasting any time.

Haris responded that since the IHC bench had chose to seek assistance from NAB, the court could not pass an order as no one from the prosecution was present inside the court room. Nawaz's counsel also raised objections to Judge Mohammad Bashir commencing the hearing.

Judge Bashir further observed that the high court was expected to announce its decision by today evening and proposed to adjourn the hearing till tomorrow, noting that by then Haris would also appear before the court.

On Friday, Pakistan's Ministry of Law and Justice in a notification said that the legal proceedings of the remaining two National Accountability Bureau (NAB) reference cases (Flagship Investment and Al-Azizia) against Sharif and his family will take place in Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi.

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The same judge could hand down a similar verdict in the two references since evidences in both cases were the same, he argued.

The judge apprised media persons that special passes would be made for journalists to enter the Adiala jail, where the former premier is incarcerated.

The trial against the Sharif family had commenced on September 14, 2017. While the former was given ten years of imprisonment and slapped with a fine of eight million pounds, Maryam was awarded eight years in jail and fined two million pounds.

Maryam Nawaz and Captain (r) Safdar, who were candidates for the forthcoming general elections were also disqualified from contesting elections for 10 years each.

The ex-premier, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Safdar are now in jail after the accountability court in Islamabad on July 6 sentenced Nawaz and Maryam in absentia to 10 years and seven years respectively with a $8 million and $2 million fine respectively on corruption charges.

The two brothers, based overseas, have been absconding since the proceedings began previous year and were declared proclaimed offenders by the court.

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