NAB challenges suspension of Sharifs’ sentences in Avenfield case

–Accountability watchdog says high court did not correctly examine evidence against Sharifs

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday moved the Supreme Court (SC) against a decision of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) suspending sentences given to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and her husband Capt (r) Muhammad Safdar.

On September 19, the IHC had suspended sentences of the three in the Avenfield corruption reference and ordered their release. In the petition, the probe body stated that the high court did not correctly examine the evidence in the case.

The NAB petitioned that the apex court should declare the IHC’s September 19 decision as null and void.

Last month, Justice Athar Minallah suspended the sentences handed to the three by Accountability Judge Mohammad Bashir on July 6.

Nawaz, Maryam and Capt (r) Safdar were sentenced to 11 years, eight years and one year imprisonment, respectively, in the Avenfield properties reference.


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