NAB’s appeal hearing against suspension of Nawaz, Maryam sentence in London properties next week

An accountability court on July 6, 2018, had sentenced former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison and fined him and Maryam Nawaz £8m ($10.6m) and £2m.

An appeal filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against the Islamabad High Court (IHC) order suspending sentences of Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar in purchase of luxury properties and flats in London, mostly in the mid-1990s, will be heard by Supreme Court next week.  

Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar will hear the case on Jan. 14. The other members of the bench are Justice Asif Saeed, Justice Mushir Alam, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Mazhar Alam.

An accountability court on July 6, 2018, had sentenced former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison, and fined him and Maryam Nawaz £8m ($10.6m) and £2m.

Seven-year imprisonment was given to Maryam Nawaz, while her husband was awarded one-year jail term.

However on Sept 19, the IHC suspended the conviction of Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar in the case through a short verdict.

Later, the National Accountability Bureau approached the apex court challenging the verdict of the Islamabad High Court.

Meanwhile, the Islamabad High Court on Wednesday accepted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s petition seeking the earliest possible date for a hearing on his appeal against the Al Azizia reference verdict.

He requested the court to hear his plea against the seven-year jail term awarded to him in the Al Azizia reference.

The court accepted his request and instructed the registrar office to fix a date within 10 days for hearing.

The appeal is against the punishment and suspension of the sentence. In the appeal, he claimed the accountability court’s judgement was based on misunderstanding and misinterpretation of the law.